Nature-based solutions can help support the levelling-up agenda
Natural green space plays a vital role in supporting human health and wellbeing while delivering many economic benefits, yet is overlooked in the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill. Agile and NbSI researchers compiled evidence on the benefits of nature in and around urban areas for levelling up, to support recommendations on how to strengthen the bill.
Key take homes:
1) Natural green space can boost local economies, improve human health and wellbeing, tackle social inequalities, contribute to community cohesion, and build climate resilience.
2) Not only is this overlooked in the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill, but the Bill threatens to weaken nature protection and thereby undermine government targets for Net Zero and Nature Recovery.