Inspired by my own family’s nature-recovery efforts from the 1970’s in Southern Africa, my career has sought to promote wildlife recovery by understanding and actioning the real economic drivers behind it.
My conclusion is that we will never restore nature and its wildlife, both globally and here in the UK, unless it is far more economically advantageous to do this than any other land use option.
The great news is that there is real economic reasons and viable returns now, post Brexit, with new nature focused payments and natural capital income streams, and with some great exemplars and pioneers, including ourselves, leading the way. We now have the tools, skills and headwinds to transform and restore our once far wilder isles.
I feel optimistic about the positive changes that can be brought about; encouraging greater co-existence with our natural world; ensuring climate resilience and enhancing well-being for all.
There is simply no time to lose.