In the Natural Environment White Paper, Defra undertook to support the creation of Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) and to fund a competition to identify 12 initial areas.
Proposals have been invited from consortia or partnerships.
The NFU has long argued that one of the biggest challenges facing farmers and growers in England and Wales in the near future will be their part in meeting the expected global demands to produce more food but impact less on the environment.
For this reason, we are pleased that the Natural Environment White Paper said that government is committed in bringing together government, industry and environmental partners to reconcile how we will achieve our goals of improving the environment and increasing food production .
Therefore, it follows that we now hope to see the 12 new NIAs also embrace this ambition - and ensure that sustainable food production forms an integral part of these landscapes rather than being viewed as a hindrance.
The notes attached to the right of this page set out guiding principles on the NFU s views on NIAs, what the NFU can offer in terms of partnership working and for clarity, what the NFU cannot provide.