Local Nature Partnership
Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) are a key commitment of the 2011 Natural Environment White Paper, “The Natural Choice, securing the value of nature”. LNPs are local strategic partnerships designed to help manage the natural environment to produce multiple benefits for people, the economy and the environment.
DEFRA has asked the LNPs to:
• Drive positive change in the local natural environment, taking a strategic view of the challenges and opportunities involved and identifying ways to manage it as a system for the benefit of nature, people and the economy.
• Contribute to achieving the Government’s national environmental objectives locally, including the identification of local ecological networks, alongside addressing local priorities.
• Become local champions influencing decision-making relating to the natural environment and its value to social and economic outcomes, in particular, through working closely with local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Health and Wellbeing Boards.
A network of LNPs, comprising 50 partnerships, covers most of England.