Link’s ‘minifestos’ are policy briefings which provide detail about how the five policy asks made by the Nature 2030 campaign could be applied to benefit different aspects of nature. This manifesto covers freshwater.
You can read the full Nature 2030 manifesto below
Freshwater systems are the backbone of the environment, intrinsically connected to the health of habitats and wildlife.
These blue spaces – rivers, lakes, ponds, wetlands and floodplains – are suffering fragmentation, pollution and degradation. The multiple threats of agricultural pollution, sewage discharges, chemical cocktails and over abstraction mean that not a single English river is in good overall health. Even waterbodies of international rarity and importance to nature, such as our nationally treasured chalk streams, are in a critical state. Freshwater biodiversity is declining and many species face extinction.1 As habitats and wildlife suffer, so to do people, with water shortages and ill health from polluted water becoming more common across the UK.
The next Parliament is responsible for turning the tide. The UK Government is subject to a legal duty to stop the decline of species by the end of 2030.
Nature 2030 is a challenge to all political parties to take action, proposing five ambitious policies to get Government back on track to meet the targets and restore biodiversity.2 For freshwater, this means:
You can read the full Freshwater Manifesto below