LIFE after Brexit: What is in store for the UK’s nature funding?

From restoring swathes of peatlands to bringing endangered seabirds back from the brink, the EU’s LIFE programme has played a major role in supporting conservation projects across the UK.

With the country hurtling towards a possible ‘no deal’ Brexit in October, nature groups are increasingly nervous about the future of conservation funding. While DEFRA says it has “well-developed contingency plans” to underwrite all existing projects currently funded by LIFE in the event of no deal, questions remain over what a post-Brexit replacement might look like. 

Much hinges on the outcome of the next Whitehall spending review, when, as a DEFRA spokesperson put it, “priorities can be looked at strategically across government”.

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