By 2030 a greater proportion of England’s land area will be designated as National Park, Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, or given other protected status, reports the BBC. At the moment 26% of England has some protection, and this will be increased to 30%.
The statement was made by Boris Johnson as part of the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature, organised by the United Nations. It is intended to reverse losses in the natural world.
Grouse shooting is the main activity over swathes of Yorkshire’s National Parks and AONBs; wildlife is killed on a huge scale to facilitate this.
Craig Bennett, Chief Executive of the Wildlife Trusts, said that National Parks and AONBs are ‘severely depleted of wildlife because of overgrazing, poor management or intensive agricultural practices’, and half of Sites of Special Scientific Interest are ‘in a poor state and suffering wildlife declines.’
George Monbiot points out that at the last UN Summit on Biodiversity in 2010 in Nagoya, twenty pledges were made, but not one has been met.