In July 2021, the Council of the Isles of Scilly adopted the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Environmental Growth Strategy as a shared long-term framework for preserving, enhancing the natural environment of the Islands.
Adoption of the Strategy ensures the Council takes a new leadership role in response to safeguarding nature and in partnership with others, tackles environmental challenges through nature-based interventions.
The Environmental Growth Strategy has been co-developed with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership and Cornwall Council in recognition that the scale of the challenge requires collaboration with local partners including Government agencies, Wildlife Trusts, and others.
The Strategy is underpinned by three key areas of work;
In 2019 the Council of the Isles of Scilly declared a Climate Emergency. Following a pledge to achieve net zero carbon by 2030, the Council's is working to deliver key objectives to reduce its carbon emissions, whilst protecting and enhancing its natural assets through nature recoery.
Ecological Emergency & Nature’s Recovery
The Environmental Growth Strategy will provide a long-term commitment and framework to protect and enhance our natural assets. This includes ongoing work to develop projects for nature’s recovery. Once the new Environmental Bill becomes law the Council will have a statutory duty to produce a Local Nature Recovery Strategy. This will be a shorter 5-year plan that will provide greater detail on the Island’s plans for nature recovery.
The Council is currently reviewing the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (2017-2023) to ensure it is brought in line with the strategic themes set out in the recently published Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England (2020). The review will also outline the Climate Adaptation Scilly project which works to improve flood and erosion defences along our coast, plus wider climate adaptation measures.
To ensure Environmental Growth is delivered under the Council’s emerging responsibilities a new Environmental Service has been created. The department is led by a new Head of Environment and supported by an Environment and Sustainability Officer and Environment Services Assistant. The new service will deliver implementation of the Environmental Growth Strategy, Nature Recovery Strategy, Climate Change Action Plan and management of the AONB Partnership. The Environment Service will also deliver waste & recycling strategy
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