European Union: Executive summary This fitness check is a comprehensive policy evaluation of the following directives: – the Water Framework Directive (WFD); – the Environmental Quality Standards Directive (EQSD); – the Groundwater Directive (GWD); – the Floods Directive (FD). It assesses whether the Directives are fit for purpose by examining their performance against five criteria […]

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The Sunday Times December 22 2019, 12:01am. Our finest waterways are becoming unusable, and not one prosecution is in progress over fouling last year. Water companies are polluting some of Britain’s most picturesque rivers, from the Windrush in the Cotswolds to the Aire in Yorkshire, without facing a penalty for the vast majority of offences. […]

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Defra The new Agriculture Bill has been published ‘A future where farmers are properly supported to farm more innovatively and protect the environment is a step closer today following the introduction of the Agriculture Bill. The landmark legislation introduced today will provide a boost to the industry after years of inefficient and overly bureaucratic policy […]

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The Natural Capital Committee’s 7th annual report Chairman’s message: Dieter Helm       ‘Nine years have now passed since the government published the 2011 White Paper, The Natural Choice, committing to the objective “to be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than it inherited.” To achieve this, the Natural Capital Committee (NCC) […]

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