Local Authorities are vital to realising the benefits of the natural environment for their communities. They can lead the debate on management of natural resources, galvanise the private and voluntary sector, find resources and develop local policy.
Local Authorities are also vital partners for Natural England (NE) as it delivers its statutory duties. They can be involved in service delivery, information provision and joint enforcement.
In 2009 Natural England commissioned the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) to find and analyse examples of environmental best practice amongst Local Authorities. The aim was to use the findings to improve the quality and relevance of its sustainable land use advice to Local Government.
Natural Leaders presents the information from this research and looks at the lead role councils can play in promoting their natural environment. It brings together their ideas and experiences as they activate the private and voluntary sector, acquire resources and develop a local vision to deliver positive outcomes for both people and wildlife.
The actions suggested within the report also challenge local authorities to think differently about these issues and identify how best they can be addressed.