National Pollinator Strategy: for bees and other pollinators in England

Defra has released a national pollinator strategy for consultation due to be adopted during the summer of 2014.  The strategy seeks to safeguard pollinator species in England and in particular focuses on the necessary evidence required to give us a clearer picture of the current status of pollinators.

Our overriding concern has been that it is essential the strategy is realistic and takes into account the increasing number of pressures on agricultural land.

Environment Audit Committee Inquiry into Invasive and Non-Native Species

The CLA has submitted evidence to the Environment Audit Committee Inquiry into Invasive Alien Species (IAS).

CLA has a long-standing interest in the prevention and containment of IAS, in particular the grey squirrel, Muntjac deer, Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam, pennywort, signal crayfish and Asian long-horned beetle, as these cause a significant amount of damage to woodlands and waterways.  Other impacts of IAS include loss of crops, damaged buildings and loss of ecosystem sesrvices.  The land manager typically bears the cost of tackling IAS.

Our submission sets out how CLA want to see IAS prevented and contained, the governing system behind this approach, and the need for proper funding to enable action to happen.

Climate Change and The Rural Economy

This policy statement draws on the work of the CLA Climate Change Working Group.
It focuses on the potential impact of climate change on owners and managers of rural businesses in England and Wales. It proposes ways to mitigate these impacts and to adapt management practices in order to sustain social and economic activity in the countryside. To support these ideas, we make far-reaching recommendations for policy changes at all levels - European through to local.



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