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  • by Karma Loveday

DEFRA updates its Single Departmental Plan

DEFRA has published an updated Single Departmental Plan, setting out its objectives and how it intends to achieve them.

The department’s objectives are to:

  • deliver a safe and ambitious departure from the EU, setting global standards in protecting and harnessing value from the natural environment;

  • pass on to the next generation a natural environment protected and enhanced for the future;

  • lead the world in food and farming with a sustainable model of food production; and

  • become an outstanding organisation focused on making a difference, with world class delivery capability.

DEFRA pointed out its agenda includes three flagship Bills: the Environment Bill, to embed environmental ambition and accountability at the heart of government; the Agriculture Bill, to reward farmers for tackling the causes and effects of climate change and enhancing the environment; and the Fisheries Bill, to manage stocks more sustainably and protect waters. It also highlighted the government’s ambition to leave the environment in a better state than it found it: “This year – our Year of Green Action – we will push on with our legislation while continuing to deliver on the wider commitments in our 25 Year Environment Plan, including tackling plastic pollution and clean air.”

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