Campaign for National Parks presents climate report to National Parks APPG

15 Sep 2021

Campaign for National Parks Policy and Research Manager Ruth Bradshaw presented the 'National Parks and the Climate Emergency' report to the APPG on National Parks this week to help raise awareness among parliamentarians.

The report, released earlier this summer, looks at how climate change is impacting National Parks, the work underway to address and tackle this and what more could be done.

Ruth spoke via video call at the meeting on 14 September 2021 presenting a brief overview and focusing on some of the key recommendations, including the need for consistent multi-year funding; to put more emphasis on climate change in statutory purposes; and to strenghen National Park management plans.

Chaired by Sir Gary Streeter MP, with National Parks England as the Secretariat, the APPG brings together parliamentarians (MPs and Lords), civil servants and other stakeholders to identify the issues impacting National Parks. This meeting was also attended by CNP's outgoing interim Chief Executive Anita Konrad and the new permanent Chief Executive Rose O'Neill.

Sion McGeever, Deputy Director, Access, Landscapes, Peatlands and Soil at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said after the meeting: "Really great to hear Ruth Bradshaw from @Campaign4Parks...and other Landscape colleagues at the APPG for National Parks making the case for the role of peatlands to tackle climate change. Great work but so much more to do."

You can read a copy of the full 'National Parks and the Climate Emergency' report here.