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Headlines 2008


18/03/2008. The RSPB challenges the Government to protect our seabirds


26/02/2008. Water Voles given more protection


Headlines 2007


11/12/2007. The Ecosystems Approach Project


The RSPB challenges the Government to protect our seabirds

18th March 2008

The RSPB has published a report - Safeguarding our Seabirds: Marine Protected Areas for the UK's Seabirds - that highlights the urgent need for more action to be taken to ensure the increased protection of the UK's marine environment, especially for seabirds, and challenges the Government to address this issue urgently. More information and an electronic copy of the report are available on the RSPB website.


Water Voles given more protection

Defra announced on the 26th February 2008 that the water vole together with the angel shark, oman snail, spiny seahorse and short-snouted seahorse will gain protection against being killed,injured, or taken from the wild from 6 April 2008.

Defra news release about voles.


The Ecosystems Approach Project

On 11th December 2007 Defra published 'Securing a healthy natural environment: an action plan for embedding and ecosystems approach'. The action plan sets a new strategic direction for government policy on the natural environment. Defra has identified 37 actions that will be delivered mainly over the next two years and which represent an ambitious and wide-ranging agenda for Defra, the Defra network and their partners.

Launching the plan, Joan Ruddock, Minister for Climate Change, Biodiversity and Waste said:

"This Action Plan sets out a new direction for protecting and enhancing the natural environment. It is intended to help us to deliver a number of important benefits, including better-informed decisions, more efficient use of resources, and a greater awareness of the value of our natural environment."

An Introductory Guide to Valuing Ecosystem Services has been published alongside the action plan. The aim of this Guide is to provide an introduction to the valuation of ecosystem services. It builds on previous approaches to valuing the environment but takes a more systematic approach to the assessment of impacts on the natural environment. Further information and electronic copies of both publications are available to download on the Defra website, or at the ecosystem services section of our library.

If you have any comments or feedback on the action plan, please send these to the Ecosystems mailbox at ecosystems@defra.gsi.gov.uk