Office for Environmental Protection seeking help from ecologists

England’s Office for Environmental Protection, the regulatory body formed recently to hold the government to account on environmental progress, is seeking evidence on nature recovery and volunteers to join its new College of Experts.

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England's Office for Environmental Protection seeking help from ecologists

Call for evidence on nature recovery

The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) has launched a call for evidence on nature recovery to contribute to its monitoring report on the government’s 2023 Environmental Improvement Plan for England.

One of the key targets in the Environmental Improvement Plan is to halt the decline in species abundance by 2030, and then increase abundance by at least 10% by 2042. This is in line with the UK’s commitment to the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, an international agreement for the protection of biodiversity.

For the report, they are interested in hearing views and evidence from ecologists on whether government’s plans and delivery methods will achieve these targets, what barriers there are and what further interventions are required. They are also interested in knowledge gaps that need to be filled to help the government achieve the plan’s targets.

BES members could provide valuable evidence for this report, which covers terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. If you are submitting evidence, please get in touch, as we would love to hear how BES members are contributing.

Submit evidence

College of Experts – volunteers wanted

The Office for Environmental Protection is also looking for volunteers working in the natural sciences to sign up to their ‘College of Experts’ to provide insight and advice on their work. Members of the college will contribute to environmental protection by increasing the OEP’s scientific understanding. Click the button to find out more about the opportunity.

College of Experts