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Summit to tackle the ecological emergency returns to drive change and inspire ‘Pledges for Nature’

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership Summit is returning for its second year on 19 May 2023 at Heartlands, Pool. 

The one-day event will bring together key stakeholders and inspirational speakers such as Richard Benwell, CEO of Wildlife & Countryside Link, to help the whole of Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly tackle the ecological emergency declared by the Partnership in 2021.  

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership summit attendees

This collaboration of partners – and headline sponsor, Tevi, an EU funded venture to help businesses to become greener and more innovative – will include a series of action-oriented themed sessions. As well as showcasing existing and new Pledges for Nature aimed at contributing towards Cornwall’s nature recovery and environmental growth ambitions, the summit will launch the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Sustainability Awards for 2023.

The event and its subsequent actions will support communities, charities, landowners and managers, public authorities and businesses across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to tackle the ecological and biodiversity crisis at different scales.

And you don’t need to wait for the summit to make your Pledge for Nature. Simply visit Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership’s website stating what you will do to better manage land and sea in a positive way.  Remember no action is too small.

Lord Robin Teverson, Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership, said: “In 2022 we welcomed over 200 people to our inaugural event and secured almost 200 pledges. Every pledge that leads to action means a healthier environment for Cornwall and Scilly. Please come to this summit for whatever inspiration you need to create that change.  We are in an ecological crisis.  Working together means we can make a real and positive difference to both nature and the quality of our lives.”

Key pledges from 2022 included the Eden Project’s pledge to enhance biodiversity through the creation of 2.5 hectares of tree planting and 7 hectares of wildflower meadows, and RAF St Mawgan committed to protecting the life of threatened species by providing a sanctuary for living things to thrive. 

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Cllr Martyn Alvey, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change, said: “We are an incredible community here in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly and many people want to help tackle this crisis in a way that works for them.  From planting a tree, to changing how we commute, to picking up litter or even an innovative new environmental solution from a local brilliant business – it’s all happening and we want to know about it – while doing even more.”

To register for the free summit, please sign up here: eventbriteThose who can’t make it in person on the day are invited to join via Zoom for the morning session. The exciting line up of speakers will be announced soon.

Please make your ‘Pledge for Nature’:Pledge for NatureStory posted March 2, 2023 

Notes to editors:

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership

The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership is a collaboration of local partners working together to grow nature – leading local ambition for nature recovery. The partnership is formed of individuals from across public, private and third sector bodies who recognise the importance of putting the environment at the heart of all decision-making.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership Environmental Growth Strategy provides a long-term framework to not just conserve, but to grow nature. The strategy is about not just protecting but also enhancing nature – ensuring that there is more of it, and that it is bigger, better, more diverse and more joined up.

Tevi

Tevi (Cornish for ‘grow’) is a unique and exciting EU-funded venture which aims to do two things, simultaneously; create both economic and environmental growth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The initiative, which will continue until June 30th 2023, provides small and medium-sized enterprises across the county with expert consultation, opportunities for recognition and certification, and grant funding.

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