Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Natural Environment Partnership

NEP Themes

  • Partnership development – collective voice and coordinated working

Advocacy and policy: One collective voice to champion the county’s natural environment. To raise awareness of the value of the natural environment and the range of services and benefits it brings for people, communities and the local economy. Promotion of coordinated working and creation of a platform for sharing best practice

  • Connecting people & nature – unlocking better health, wellbeing and quality of life benefits for all.

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes will have healthier communities enjoying a greater quality of life and wellbeing through accessing and enjoying their natural environment. The NEP has a key role in engaging with Health and Wellbeing Boards and providing clear, usable evidence of the benefits and value of the natural environment to health and well-being.

  • Maximising social and economic benefits from improving and protecting our environment

A healthy natural environment brings with it social and economic benefits. The NEP will engage with local strategic partnerships such as the Local Enterprise Partnership and Health and Wellbeing Board and look for opportunities to deliver social and economic outcomes across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. The NEP aims for a prosperous Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes economy supported by, managing and protecting its natural capital.

  • Resilience for the future – connecting our habitats and green spaces at the landscape-scale

It is now widely acknowledged that the only way to secure our natural capital is to make our network of sites bigger, better and more joined up (Natural England White Paper 2011). We aim for restored and connected habitats across the whole county, creating resilient wildlife populations and allowing wildlife to adapt to climate change and other pressures.