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Liverpool City Region Local Nature Partnership
What is a Local Nature Partnership?
Local Nature Partnerships (LNPs) were introduced in Defra’s Natural Environment White Paper The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature, published in 2011, recognising that partnership working is essential to deliver strategic ambitions for the natural environment at a local level. The White Paper defines LNPs as ‘self-sustaining strategic partnerships of a broad range of local organisations, businesses and people. They will help their local areas to manage the natural environment as a system and to embed its value in local decisions for the benefit of nature, people and the economy’.
A LNP is defined in the recently published National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) as ‘a body, designated by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, established for the purpose of protecting and improving the natural environment in an area and the benefits derived from it’ .