Local Nature Partnership

Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) are partnerships of a broad range of influential organisations, businesses and people, and from a range of sectors, charged by government with the task of bring about improvements in their local natural environment in England. To achieve this they are expected to ensure that consideration for the environment is put right at the heart of local decision-making.

Local Nature Partnerships originated in a vision set out in the UK government’s 2011 ‘Natural Environment White Paper’, which identified the need to take greater account of the value of the environment when strategic decisions are made that affect people and the local economy.

The overall purpose of an LNP is to:

As of August 2014 there were 48 LNPs in England which had received formal approval from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [2]


Local Nature Partnerships were formed as part of the UK Coalition Government's response to Sir John Lawton's 2010 report "Making Space for Nature".[3] They were then brought into law via the Natural Environment White Paper, the first natural environment government White Paper in 20 years.[4] Each LNP would be a locally formed, high-level forum, equivalent in status to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), 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. There is now virtually complete coverage by Local nature Partnerships across England.[5]

In March 2015 the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee held an investigation into the state of LNPs across England, producing a report to government. Its key findings were:

In September 2015, the UK Government published their response to the Audit Committee report. The principle findings were that:[7]

In 2015 Defra also held an annual meeting with senior Local Nature Partnerships representatives in London. Themes addressed included the need for better networking between LNPs, Natural Capital, the government's National Pollinator Strategy, and Health and wellbeing.[8]


  1. "An overview of the Local Nature Partnership role" (PDF). Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  2. "Local Nature Partnerships: locations and contact details", DEFRA website, 2014, retrieved 18 August 2015
  3. "Making Space for Nature: A review of England's Wildlife Sites and Ecological Network" (PDF). Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  4. "The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature". www.gov.uk. HM Government. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  5. "Map of Local Nature Partnerships" (PDF). www.gov.uk. Natural England. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  6. "House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee: Local Nature Partnerships" (PDF). www.publications.parliament.uk/. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  7. "Local Nature Partnerships - Environmental Audit Appendix—Government response". www.publications.parliament.uk. HM Government. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  8. "Local Nature Partnerships event hosted at Coin Street Conference Centre". www.coinstreet.org. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2016.

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