The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature

HM Government, 2011

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“This White Paper – the first on the natural environment for over 20 years – places the value of nature at the centre of the choices our nation must make: to enhance our environment, economic growth and personal wellbeing. By properly valuing nature today, we can safeguard the natural areas that we all cherish and from which we derive vital services. Everyone can think of places near where they live that languish, neglected and damaged. In many cases, with well-informed intervention, we can make progress towards restoring nature’s systems and capacities. We can put right damage done in previous years. This White Paper makes important new proposals for doing just that.” – Extract taken from foreword by then Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Rt. Hon. Caroline Spelman MP