Statement from UK scientists on nature as an election priority

We are now in the run-up to a General Election, but nature recovery is not currently a major priority for any party, despite its loss being a major risk to the wellbeing and prosperity of our nation, and despite it being a high priority for the UK public. Additionally, current nature policy is focussed on nature at home, despite our nation having a major biodiversity footprint overseas. Recognising our responsibilities towards overseas biodiversity loss is an issue of international and intergenerational equity, and relates to our country’s ambitions for global leadership in international development and policy.

Together with Professor Nathalie Pettorelli of the Institute of Zoology, programme member Professor E.J. Milner-Gulland has just led on sending a letter to this effect to the environment leads of all the political parties contesting this election (including those standing in the Devolved Administrations). The letter has now been signed by over 180 UK scientists with expertise in biodiversity and conservation, including Fellows of the Royal Society and Government advisors.

Their policy asks are:

i) Legislate a legally-binding requirement on government to halt and reverse biodiversity loss, at home and with respect to our overseas footprint;

ii) Set up a whole-government platform for implementing this biodiversity commitment.

You can read their letter here


The Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery is interested in promoting a wide variety of views and opinions on nature recovery from researchers and practitioners.

The views, opinions and positions expressed within this letter are those of the authors alone, they do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery or its researchers.

Leverhulme Center for Nature Recovery Director named on ENDS Report Power List 2024

The ENDS Report Power List is back. This week they named the 100 UK environmental professionals who have made the greatest impact in the past two years – as nominated by their colleagues, clients and competitors. Today, ENDS released its final categories, revealing the names of 10 academics shaping the science on environmental issues, and nine professional influencers driving for change.

Yadvinder has been described by his peers as “a pioneering ecosystem ecologist who uses ecological knowledge to shape policy at regional, national and international levels, putting ecology at the heart of decision making”.

Former president of the British Ecological Society, trustee of the Natural History Museum of London and a fellow of the Royal Society, Malhi recently advanced the application of energy flows through ecosystems as a measure of function, providing a novel way of understanding how nature works – as well as invaluable insights into the conservation value of human-impacted landscapes.

In his field work, supporters say Malhi ensures that not only are local researchers and students included in the work but that they are “an integral part of the research team, acknowledged, valued, nurtured and respected in the same way as any other team member”.