Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs), which seek to enhance the environment on a landscape scale, are making ‘real progress’ in delivering their objectives according to Professor Sir John Lawton, as the first NIA evaluation report is published today.
Professor Sir John Lawton said: “One of the things that struck me forcefully when I have been visiting [NIAs] is the huge amount of enthusiasm, collaboration and vision in every consortium.... I’m amazed by how much has been achieved already, as this report makes abundantly clear. I always knew that making more space for nature in the NIAs would take time ... But looking at what has been achieved in this first year, I think we will all be pleasantly surprised by where we are by 2015.”
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