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Local Nature Recovery

Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS)

Introduced in the Environment Act 2021, the Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS) is a statutory requirement. The LNRS is part of the wider Nature Recovery Network (NRN). The purpose of the LNRS is to establish priorities and map proposals for specific actions to drive nature's recovery.

Essex County Council are the Responsible Authority for delivering the Essex LNRS, which will cover Greater Essex. ECC are working closely with Thurrock Council and Southend City Council to deliver the strategy. The Local Nature Partnership have formed an LNRS Working Group to drive the delivery of the LNRS.

Our Local Nature Recovery Strategy will:

  • Map areas of importance for biodiversity
  • Map areas where nature recovery has been taken
  • Describe the strategy area, its biodiversity and its opportunities for nature recovery
  • Agree biodiversity priorities and identify potential measures for achieving them
  • Map areas that could become of particular importance in the future

For any enquiries relating to the Local Nature Recovery Strategy, please email 

Local Nature Partnership (LNP)

The Essex LNP, launched in March 2022, brings together local organisations, conservationists, local authorities, businesses, NGOs and any organisations who want to improve their local natural environment. The Essex LNP is an independent self-sustaining strategic partnership consisting of a wide range of stakeholders and partners. The Local Nature Partnership (LNP) Board and Essex County Council coordinate the partnership across Essex. The LNP is now formed of 40+ organisations in Essex.

Together, with partners, the LNP will strengthen the impact of local action for nature recovery across Essex.

The Local Nature Partnership will benefit Essex by:

  • Preventing further loss of biodiversity and work towards reversing the decline
  • Restoring habitats and wildlife
  • Producing positive outcomes that integrate the needs of nature, people and the economy
  • Enabling a diverse range of organisations and communities to work together to make the best use of our available resources
  • Raising awareness of the value of Essex’s environment to the economy and society

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG)

Biodiversity Net Gain is an approach to development, land and marine management that leaves biodiversity in a measurably better state than before the development took place. Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) will come into force in November 2023 as outlined in the Environment Act 2021. BNG requires developers to deliver for nature, setting a minimum requirement to increase biodiversity by 10% compared to the baseline. Additional details on how BNG will be introduced, managed and monitored are all subject to further guidance from Defra. The Local Nature Partnership have produced a useful BNG guidance pack that outlines mandatory BNG and other additional useful information. 

For any enquiries relating to the Local Nature Partnership, please email: 

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