RSPB Cymru call for post-Brexit laws that will work for wildlife

Deio Gruffydd

Monday 19 November 2018

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With the Environment Ministers from the four governments of the UK meeting in Cardiff today to discuss the future of our environment once we have left the European Union, RSPB Cymru is calling for stronger laws to protect our wildlife.

RSPB Cymru Head of Policy and Advocacy, Sharon Thompson said;
“Regardless of what deal the UK makes with the EU, or if we leave without a deal, protecting nature and wildlife is still an urgent requirement. Nature is in trouble, and with one in fourteen species in Wales at risk of extinction, we need the right answers for nature. It is vital that the proper measures are taken to safeguard our wildlife, and this is something that we need to achieve in the next 12 months.”

2019 will be the most important year to save nature in the UK, and RSPB Cymru is calling on everyone who cares about nature and our environment to back our call for:

  •  Ambitious and binding targets for nature’s recovery, set in law, that politicians must meet;
  • Environmental laws that are strengthened, not weakened, when we leave the EU;
  • A reformed system of farm subsidies that uses public money to reward farmers and other land managers for restoring and maintaining nature, rather than paying them for how much land they happen to have;
  • A world-leading, independent environmental watchdog for the UK, or an environmental watchdog for each country, to hold the governments of the UK to account and ensure we leave our natural heritage in a far better state than we found it.

ENDS

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For more information, please contact:
Deio Gruffydd, RSPB Cymru Communications Officer, 02920 353007 deio.gruffydd@rspb.org.uk

Last Updated: Monday 19 November 2018

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