Where LNPs came from
Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) have their origins in a vision set out in the government’s 2011 Natural Environment White Paper.
The central themes of the White Paper are that:
- Economic growth and the natural environment are mutually compatible.
- Nature is good for people’s physical and mental health.
- In the past, environmental action has often been done on too small a scale.
The White Paper said that around 50 LNPs should be established across England. Each would be a locally formed, high-level forum which would work in a joined up and strategic way to drive positive change in the environment and to produce multiple benefits for people, the economy and the environment. They would work at equivalent levels to Local Enterprise Partnerships and to Health and Well-being Boards. Read more in An overview of the Local Nature Partnership role.
Creation of LDN LNP
Early in 2012 a broad group of environmental organisations across Nottinghamshire and Lowland Derbyshire helped develop an LNP for our combined area, with support from Defra. The project, led by Nottinghamshire County Council, involved engagement events with others sectors, including health, business, landowners, local communities, education and business.
We were granted official recognition by Defra in September 2012. See here for a map of all LNPs in England.