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Climate change action plan on way for national park

This is an archived press release

Monday 8 December 2008

08 December 2008

Climate change action plan on way for national park

A Climate Change Action Plan is on the way to co-ordinate the fight against global warming across the Peak District National Park.

The National Park Authority unanimously approved (Dec 5) a draft action plan to be sent to local councils, environmental and community organisations for responses in the New Year, ready for launch in the Spring.

The plan is in the forefront of a drive by all UK national park authorities to help achieve the Government’s target of an 80 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Its aims are to:

• co-ordinate the climate change work of organisations, communities, researchers and land-managers across the national park, so that they complement each other

• identify areas where new actions are needed or existing actions strengthened.

Climate change action and adaptation are already high on the Authority’s agenda. Its current work ranges from the grassroots - such as grants for community energy schemes - to large landscape-scale projects working with bodies such as the National Trust and Natural England, right up to influence at Government level.

Authority chair Narendra Bajaria said: “Climate change action should not be an ‘add-on,’ it needs to be part of everything we do. National park authorities have a special role to protect the environment across a huge area, and we are in prime position to co-ordinate the climate change actions of all our communities and organisations. By working together we strengthen our own local resilience and contribute to the national and international effort.”

Local councils, community and environmental organisations have already highlighted the way their own programmes could contribute to the action plan through a one-day workshop in the summer.

Measures in the draft plan include helping wildlife and habitats adapt to climate change; protecting heritage; continuing moorland research and restoration for greenhouse gas storage; alleviating the impact of weather extremes such as floods and drought, and ensuring that climate change features in the Authority’s own planning policies.

The Authority will continue supporting “green” community initiatives, eco-friendly transport, energy efficiency and renewable energy schemes such as hydro-power and ground-source heat pumps that do not harm protected landscapes.

The action plan is taking shape in the framework of a regional, national and international drive to address global warming, with the Government’s new Climate Change Act launched this month and the United Nations Climate Change Conference going on in Poland (Dec 1-12).

This is an archived press release

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