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Call for Evidence

Species Reintroduction

Species reintroduction is the return of regionally extinct plants, animals, or fungi to their historic ranges. Species reintroductions have the potential to help the government meet its biodiversity goals, as well as benefit local communities, restore ecosystems and secure the future of organisms in the wild. However, reintroductions need careful long-term management plans to manage any adverse effects on other land users or local communities.

The Committee is seeking views in the following areas:

  • What role should species reintroductions play in the delivery of the government’s biodiversity and nature recovery goals? Should specific objectives/targets be set for species reintroduction?
  • How can the government maximise the potential benefits from species reintroduction, and ensure the correct species are reintroduced in the correct places?
  • What role should the Landscape Recovery and Local Nature Recovery Schemes, under ELMS, have in supporting species reintroduction?
  • How effective is current government policy and 2021 guidance in leading and managing species reintroductions? Should any changes be made to its policies and guidance?
  • What improvements can be made in how local communities, landowners and other land users are engaged and consulted on reintroduction proposals? What practical steps can be taken to reduce conflict with these groups?
  • How could the development of long-term management plans and regulatory regimes for reintroduced species control be improved?
  • What can the government do to help prevent unregulated species reintroductions?
  • What lessons could the UK government and Natural England learn from reintroduction in other jurisdictions, in UK and Europe?

The deadline for submissions (that may cover some or all of the above points) is Friday 13  January.

This call for written evidence has now closed.

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