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Biodiversity, countryside, fauna and flora at risk

21 October 2010

The third biggest cut in day to day spending will hit the environment department, DEFRA.

Before the comprehensive spending review the UK only spent around 1/700th of public finances on biodiversity and the environment. The environmental wellbeing of the country underpins the economy, health and society, and its preservation is essential for the benefit of present and future generations and to allow for sustainable development.

It is currently unknown how the cuts will be fully realised. One area being hit is schemes and subsidies funded by Government. These are used to conserve environmental interests by awarding them to owners and occupiers to secure improvements to the environment and land management. The full extent of the cuts is unclear but a reduction to Higher Level Schemes could see serious harm to the countryside and unprotected fauna and flora could be lost. The loss to the environment now could have implications not only for the present but also for future generations.

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