Building on Success: A new partnership for nature to be launched on Thursday 8 November

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3.55pm - The launch of the Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership at The Coach House, Doddington Hall, Lincoln LN6 4RU

The launch of the Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership (GLNP) highlights the importance of the natural environment to the economy of Greater Lincolnshire and to all its residents. With Government accreditation as one of the first Local Nature Partnerships in the UK, it builds on the success of its predecessor organisation the Lincolnshire Biodiversity Partnership.

The GLNP will continue to co-ordinate the Biodiversity Action Plan, the Lincolnshire Environmental Records Centre, Local Sites and geodiversity, but critically will explore new work areas and bring in new partners. Reaching out beyond traditional wildlife enthusiasts; it will bring together organisations and businesses from the economic, social, cultural and environmental sectors to develop a shared vision for the natural environment, identify common aims and help everyone to work and live more closely with nature.

The launch of the GLNP follows a keynote speech by Tony Worth, HM Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire on Achieving a Sustainable Balance, and talks by former chairman of the Lincolnshire Biodiversity Partnership, Dr Rick Keymer and current chairman Richard Chadd.

Chairman, Richard Chadd, said: "Increasing pressure on our natural environment, especially in highly managed counties like Lincolnshire, leads to innovative ways to conserve it for future generations. The natural world needs protection, not just for its own sake, but to maintain 'life support' systems for our health and wellbeing and for the economic stability of sectors which depend upon the resources ecosystems provide. The GLNP must play a leading role in this".

Biodiversity Services Manager for the GLNP, Fran Hitchinson, said: "This launch highlights that working together really does achieve more. We should celebrate the success of partnership working to deliver more for nature, society and the economy. The GLNP will add to its strengths to enable its Partners and others to achieve even more in the future."