POST review of freshwater habitat restoration in the UK
The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) works to ensure that the best research evidence is brought to bear on the legislative process of Government. POST recently published a report reviewing evidence relating to the restoration of freshwater habitats in the UK.
Overall the report highlights the value of freshwater wetlands and how many of these habitats are in a poor condition. While there is ample evidence regarding the benefits of multiple restoration techniques, a number of major stakeholders do not believe the UK will reach its freshwater restoration targets. This includes the commitment to improving at least 75% of waters to close to their natural state as soon as practicable by 2042.
Certain actions are identified as necessary for these targets to be met, such as long-term funding to deliver larger-scale projects and better enforcement of existing legislation aimed at preventing degradation.
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