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Nature Positive 2030

Nature Positive 2030 has been produced by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, NatureScot and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. It consists of two reports – a Summary Report and an Evidence Report. Nature Positive 2030 was published in September 2021 to mark the first anniversary of the Leaders' Pledge for Nature.

Building on Nature Positive 2030, in November 2022, the UK’s Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies published a Joint Statement: 'Nature Recovery for Our Survival, Prosperity and Wellbeing'. The Joint Statement highlights the critical role of nature recovery in our survival, prosperity and wellbeing; along with the contribution that the UK's nature conservation bodies can make in achieving the recovery of the UK’s nature.

Nature Positive 2030 Headline messages

In response to the crisis of biodiversity loss, many Heads of State around the World have recently made hugely significant commitments for nature, notably through the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature launched at the United Nations General Assembly in 2020, and the 30by30 commitment to protect 30% of our land and seas for nature by 2030. These commitments are far reaching, requiring transformational change across sectors in the way we protect, value, use and engage with nature. Through Nature Positive 2030, the five statutory nature conservation bodies of the UK have come together to identify how the UK can succeed in achieving these commitments along with ensuring that nature recovery plays its critical role in achieving net zero. In Nature Positive 2030 – Evidence Report we draw upon the extensive good practice that exists across the UK to present solutions that can be scaled up to achieve change. The Evidence Report is accompanied by a companion document, Nature Positive 2030 – Summary Report, which provides an easily accessible overview of the main findings and conclusions.

  • Photo of three people working through some trees (© NatureScot/Dougie Barnett)

    Nature loss harms human health and well-being and undermines our economy. 
    Ecosystems are being degraded and biodiversity is being lost at alarming rates around the world, and declines are continuing in the UK. These losses matter: we no longer have a sustainable natural system that can provide reliable supplies of clean water, purify our air, regulate our climate, or secure our food supplies. More than half global GDP is put at risk by losses to nature.

  • Photo of peatland restoration work in Northern Ireland (© CANN project/CANN project/Newry, Mournes and Down District Council)

    Recovering nature is everyone’s business
    World leaders have promised change. In the past year Heads of State from the UK and many countries around the world have made hugely important commitments to recover nature. Achieving these commitments will require transformative change across society and in the way we protect, value, use and engage with nature. Consequently, the commitments made by World leaders are commitments for everyone – all government ministries, all organisations, all businesses, all people.

  • Photo showing Loch Maree Landscape Islands National Nature Reserve (© Scottish Natural Heritage)

    We need to go high nature and low carbon, tackling the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change together
    The crises of biodiversity loss and climate change share many of the same causes and solutions. We need to tackle both crises or we will tackle neither. Restoring wildlife habitats on land and sea can lock up carbon and help us adapt to climate change, such as by reducing flood risk. Embracing natural solutions has never been more important because climate change is already impacting upon us, creating profound and new challenges for humanity. Nature can help us survive this uncertain future, but its ability to do so depends upon biodiverse ecosystems that are resilient to the changes ahead.

  • Photo of two adults and a child walking through sand towards the beach (© Natural Resources Wales/Dan Struthers)

    It is not too late to become Nature Positive by 2030 in the UK, provided we act now
    Becoming Nature Positive means reversing the current declines in biodiversity, so that species and ecosystems begin to recover. This is an essential first step on the path to full nature recovery. The UK has committed to become Nature Positive by 2030 and this can be achieved, as described in this report.  However, what happens in the next few years is critical: if species populations are to begin recovering by 2030, wildlife habitats need to be restored and created now.

  • Copies of logos of partners in Nature Positive 2030

    Nature recovery is within our grasp: we know what to do and how to do it. The time to act is now!



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