The government is expected to announce a legally-binding target for 2030 to drive action to halt the decline of nature and wildlife. Environment Secretary George Eustice will also outline plans for a taskforce on reintroducing animals such as the wildcat to England, and returning beavers to new areas of the country. And he will confirm intentions to restore more peatlands and woodlands. Nature groups have long pushed for a stronger Environment Bill. In a speech from Delamere Forest, in Cheshire, Mr Eustice is expected to say: “We will be amending the Environment Bill to require an additional legally-binding target for species for 2030, aiming to halt the decline of nature.” It’s thought the legally-binding target will apply to England only, with devolved administrations able to set their own policy.
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Leonardo DiCaprio has announced a $43m (£30.4m) pledge to enact sweeping conservation operations across the Galápagos Islands, with his social media accounts taken over by a wildlife veterinarian and island restoration specialist. The initiative, in partnership with Re:wild, an organisation founded this year by a group of renowned conservation scientists and DiCaprio, the Galápagos National Park Directorate, Island Conservation, and local communities, aims to rewild the entire Galápagos Islands, as well as all of Latin America’s Pacific archipelagos.
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