Biodiversity Emergency motion approved

26 July 2019

Biodiversity crisis is an emergency alongside climate change say Green councillors

At the July meeting of Mid Suffolk District, the Green Group, now 12-strong following their election success in May, successfully proposed a motion calling on the Council to declare a biodiversity emergency and strengthen its staffing to respond.

Group leader Councillor Rachel Eburne said:

Climate change is recognised as the predominant threat to human security, necessitating a response from local authorities in their community leadership role. Part of that response must come from our work in protecting and enhancing the natural habitat of the District, which supports biodiversity, including the trees which absorb carbon dioxide. Council has a direct role as a landowner, and an indirect role as the Local Planning Authority.”

Battisford representative Councillor Dan Pratt, himself a professional ecologist, added:

"The accelerating rate of species extinction is now a biodiversity emergency, an intrinsic element of the crisis of climate change. Species losses over the past century are 100 times higher than pre-human background rates.1 These impacts will be severely compounded by climate change.
Council recognises that the accelerating rate of species extinction is now a biodiversity emergency, an intrinsic element of the crisis of climate change. Species losses over the past century are 100 times higher than pre-human background rates. These impacts will be severely compounded by climate change." 

This Council pledges that:

1. a task force reviews recognised and potential wildlife corridors in the District, and brings forward proposals to enhance these corridors.
2. additional arboricultural and bio-diversity advisory resources are made available, as necessary, to:

• Support the task force
• Provide more input to support planning officers
• Strengthen the role of public realm team
• Provide advice to parishes and other community landowners.

3. additional resources and biodiversity proposals during 2019/20 would need to be funded from the Growth and Efficiency Fund and then considered in preparing the budget for future years.






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