NatureBureau is paying close attention to the process of the UK’s exit from the EU and the implications for nature conservation, with particular regard for how the Birds, Habitats, Water Framework and Marine Strategy Framework Directives will be applied as a result of the negotiations over the coming years.
We have over 25 years’ experience of providing advice and support on the development of conservation actions, policy and communications within the UK and the whole of Europe (and beyond) and have considerable expertise in the provision of advice on EU wildlife policy and funding schemes.
We are confident that this expertise will continue to be relevant in any future settlement between the UK and EU, not least because the UK was a leading voice in promoting the nature directives. We remain fully committed to our associates and partnerships in pursuing and implementing biodiversity-related projects across Europe. Of course, the UK remains a member of the EU, with full rights and obligations, until the exit negotiations are completed. On present forecasts, that means until 2019 at the earliest.
We would like to reassure our colleagues and partners in both the UK and EU that NatureBureau will continue to implement projects such as our recent work on the ground-breaking European Red List of Habitats with partners from across Europe and that maintaining our relationship with the EU is important to us.
Within the UK itself, where much wildlife legislation and policy is devolved, the situation is likely to become even more complicated, and possibly fragmented. There are bound to be new challenges and opportunities to address. NatureBureau will continue to offer our professional scientific, policy, publishing and communications support at all levels in the best interests of nature conservation.
If you have any queries about existing projects or how Brexit may influence wildlife conservation and funding opportunities, please do make contact with us.