Kent’s nature continues to be subject to an increasing barrage of coinciding threats and significant collective action at scale is required if we are to reverse declines and restore a thriving natural environment for wildlife and people.
The conclusions of the report are drawn together under four broad headings, which put forward a clear picture of what needs to happen next and the actions we all need to take: –
Insufficient evidence has hindered our ability to report on changes over the last ten years. Fit-for purpose monitoring and evidence must be front and centre of strategies to restore Kent’s nature and be resourced appropriately.
Challenges and issues can’t be tackled at single organisation or site-scales. We need to work together much more closely to deliver real progress and be innovative in our pursuit of collective action.
We need to secure greater investment in nature’s recovery, from a wide range of sources. This will involve innovating and diversifying income streams and developing new models of sustainable financing. We need to reduce competition for resources among our community and use evidence to direct investment for the greatest potential impact.
We need to make our countryside even more accessible, to promote its health and wellbeing benefits, and a long-term, meaningful connection with nature that will inspire all to protect and respect it.
More detail on these recommendations can be found in the Conclusion chapter.