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Defining our priorities and action for nature recovery

The Strategy’s  “statement of biodiversity priorities” will set out the priorities, in terms of habitats and species, for recovering or enhancing biodiversity and consider the contribution that this may also make to addressing wider environmental issues with nature-based solutions.

In addition to identifying the county’s priorities for nature recovery and enhancement, the project will also define the potential practical actions necessary to progress towards achievement of the priorities.

This is an important stage of the local nature recovery strategy preparation, as it establishes what the strategy is seeking to achieve and the potential measures needed to support the ambitions.  Whilst working with partners and stakeholders is important to the whole process, it is during this part of the project that we especially want meaningful engagement with stakeholders – the delivery partners for the Strategy’s priorities and actions.  We also want to ensure that the priorities reflect what’s most important to the people and organisations in Kent – to ensure it really is a LOCAL nature recovery strategy, reflected our local nature and environmental needs.

Work will begin by gathering all possible priorities, with all stakeholders contributing to the creation of what will effectively be a long wish list .  This will then be reviewed and refined, using selection criteria (to be determined).  Refinement will be transparent and done with input from all.  We will also need input from local partners in identifying the potential measures for delivery of the agreed priorities – it is expected that most potential measures will be ways of enhancing existing habitat and creating new.

Where are we up to?

From 30th Jan-20th Feb 2024, we will be running a series of workshops around Kent to establish this initial longlist of priorities.   The dates and venues are as follows:

  • East Kent area – 30th January at Chilham Village Hall, Chilham
  • South Kent area – 1st February at Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Ashford
  • North Kent area – 6th February at Riverside Country Park, Gillingham
  • West Kent area – 8th February at Shorne Country Park, Gravesend
  • Central Kent area – 20th February at NIAB, West Malling

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We’ve also developed the shortlisting approach and selection criteria. This firstly ensures that priorities are framed in terms of habitats and species, as required by the regulations.  It then assesses any potential priorities against a number of considerations, steered by what the LNRS should be addressing and contributing to.

Before we apply this approach to the developing longlist, we want to share our proposal with all to ensure it is considered appropriate and fair.  We want to know if you think we are reviewing the priorities against the right considerations.  And we want to know if we have unintentionally excluded, or overly favoured, a particular type of outcome/priority.

See below to download the draft approach and for the link to feedback your thoughts – the form will close to comments on 26th February 2024.

Proposed approach for shortlisting the LNRS priorities

Shortlisting approach feedback form

 

Indicative work timeline

Dec 2023

Develop selection process for priorities

Process for refining long list of priorities.

Jan 2024

Pressures and priorities workshops

With stakeholders, identify the pressures the LNRS needs to address and the potential priorities the LNRS could deliver.

Jan 2024

Publish draft selection process for priorities

Stakeholder feedback to ensure process is appropriate and fair.

Feb 2024

Pressures and priorities workshops

With stakeholders, identify the pressures the LNRS needs to address and the potential priorities the LNRS could deliver.

Feb 2024

Finalise selection process for priorities

Process for refining long list of priorities.

Mar 2024

LNRS priorities shortlisting

Application of shortlisting criteria to priorities longlist.

Mar 2024

Pressures and priorities workshop report

Report summarising the stakeholder identified pressures and priorities for the county.

Apr 2024

Proposed LNRS priorities

Publication of the proposed LNRS priorties.

May 2024

Priorities and potential measures workshops

With stakeholders, finalise the LNRS priorities and identify the potential measures needed to deliver these..

Jul 2024

Milestone completed

Statement of biodiversity priorities and potential measures.

Related events

Workshop to Establish Priorities – East Kent Area

30 Jan 2024
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Chilham Village Hall, Chilham

This event has already taken place

From 30th January to 22nd February, Making Space for Nature will be running the first series of strategy development workshops to begin to explore what…

Workshop to Establish Priorities – South Kent Area

1 Feb 2024
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Ashford

This event has already taken place

From 30th January to 22nd February, Making Space for Nature will be running the first series of strategy development workshops to begin to explore what…

Workshop to Establish Priorities – North Kent Area

6 Feb 2024
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Riverside Country Park, Rainham

This event has already taken place

From 30th January to 22nd February, Making Space for Nature will be running the first series of strategy development workshops to begin to explore what…

Workshop to Establish Priorities – West Kent Area

8 Feb 2024
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Shorne Woods Country Park, Gravesend

This event has already taken place

From 30th January to 22nd February, the project will be running the first series of strategy development workshops to begin to explore what outcomes for…

Workshop to Establish Priorities – Central Kent Area

20 Feb 2024
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
NIAB, East Malling

This event has already taken place

From 30th January to 22nd February, Making Space for Nature will be running the first series of strategy development workshops to begin to explore what…

MS4N priorities and potential measures workshops

1 May 2024 to 31 May 2024
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
TBC

Workshops to review the LNRS priorities and identify potential measures for their delivery will be held in May.  Please check back nearer the date for…

Project outputs

Proposed approach for shortlisting the LNRS priorities

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