Conservation is, and always has been, at the heart of Conservatism. Our Government’s stewardship of the natural environment, its focus on protecting the countryside and reducing plastic waste, is a source of immense pride.
We will set up new international partnerships to tackle deforestation and protect vital landscapes and wildlife corridors. We will establish a new £500 million Blue Planet Fund to help protect our oceans from plastic pollution, warming sea temperatures and overfishing, and extend the Blue Belt programme to preserve the maritime environment. We will continue to lead diplomatic efforts to protect 30 per cent of the world’s oceans by 2030.
In September we announced the development of the Northern Forest, creating a new forest region in Northumberland and appointed a Tree Champion.
We are banning plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds, which will come into force in April 2020. We have also banned microbeads in cosmetic and personal care products.
Our Clean Air Strategy – supported by £3.5 billion funding – has set out comprehensive action required across all parts of government to improve air quality. Our Clean Air Strategy has been commended by the World Health Organisation as an ‘example for the rest of the world to follow’.
We have announced a new package of measures to protect animals in homes, farms and in the wild. We will consult on steps to ban the keeping of pet primates; bring in the compulsory microchipping of cats; consult on improving animal welfare in the transport of live animals and specifically on banning long journeys to slaughter; and we will consult on a ban on the import into and export of trophies from the hunting of endangered animals.
Learn more about our plans for the environment: https://vote.conservatives.com/our-plan
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