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The Cultural Development Agency for the Isle of Wight

Why cultural involvement is crucial to the success of Local Nature Recovery Strategies

Sally Perry
10, May 2024

Culture is not just about arts and heritage, but also encompasses the shared values, beliefs, norms, customs and collective identity developed by communities. It influences how we perceive the world and interact within our own community and beyond.

Culture also plays an important part in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status – something the Island was awarded in 2019 – making it one of only three in the country, and seven in the UK.

What does it mean?
The Biosphere Reserve status is a recognition of the unique combination of nature, people and places we have here, where communities and the environment work together in an increasingly sustainable way.

How we as a culture interact with nature is an important aspect of the Biosphere. Find out more about it on the dedicated website.

New conservation efforts across England
England’s 48 counties are launching new plans for wildlife this year. Each county will develop its own Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS).

These strategies will identify crucial biodiversity areas, establish conservation priorities, and pinpoint opportunities for new projects.

Island Nature leads the way
The Isle of Wight’s response to this initiative is the Island Nature project. The Island Nature project is a key part of the broader LNRS efforts, focusing specifically on the unique ecological needs of the Island.

You can find out much more about the project on its Facebook page or website.

A collaborative approach to nature recovery
The success of Local Nature Recovery Strategies hinges on the collaboration among various stakeholders.

This includes nature conservation charities, farmers, landowners, the business community, and local residents. Their knowledge, experience, and opinions are crucial in shaping effective conservation actions.

Have your say on local wildlife
Island Nature is encouraging residents to get involved by completing an online questionnaire and taking part in a series of drop-in Zoom sessions.

Two sessions have already taken place, but there are another two being held on 19th and 26th May. Each session will run from 4pm to 5.30pm.

Interactive sessions to voice your opinions
The Zoom drop-ins offer a platform for residents to ask questions about the LNRS, discuss priorities for wildlife conservation on the Isle, and suggest areas where conservation efforts are most needed.

It’s an opportunity for the community to influence the future direction of the Island’s natural environment.

Join the effort to enrich the Island’s wildlife
Island Nature invites everyone to participate in these sessions.

Your input will help steer the Isle towards a greener and more biodiverse future.

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