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West Midland Mayor: take action for nature’s recovery

On 6th May the West Midlands will be voting in the Mayoral elections for the West Midlands Combined Authority. 

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, have developed six key actions together that we want all candidates to commit to. We intend to work with whoever is elected as the Mayor to deliver on these six actions, which we believe will help bring about nature’s recovery across the whole area. 

Will all the candidates commit? Please ask them! 

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Our Six Actions for candidates >>

We want all candidates to commit to delivering on our Six Actions should they be elected to be the WMCA Mayor. The Mayor will: 

  1. Support the green transformation of the West Midlands by investing in the delivery of a Local Nature Recovery Strategy with ambitious targets to restore the landscape for wildlife and people, with 30% of land designated for nature. 
  2. Provide access to high quality green space for all and champion the benefits of an improved environment to the health and wellbeing of our communities. Invest in sustainable transport to green and blue spaces, and create desirable social spaces through ‘green’ regeneration of town centres and residential areas, helping to reduce pressure for new developments elsewhere.
  3. Help create a healthy natural environment to mitigate the ecological and climate crisis by investing in nature-based solutions and green infrastructure that tackle poor air quality, pollution, flooding and overheating in urban areas.
  4. Boost employment opportunities in the environmental sector by investing in training and job creation for the next generation of green sector professionals to support a post-COVID-19 recovery.  Champion diversity to better reflect local communities and empower more people to develop a positive connection with, and impact upon, the natural environment. 
  5. Improve environmental standards for new housing by including space for nature in all new developments to create homes that are good for people and wildlife. Protect all valuable ecological spaces from development and ensure the right development in the right place. Reinvest profits from developments into wildlife-rich green spaces and ensure all new developments exceed biodiversity targets. 
  6. Reduce the negative impacts of HS2 by securing increased investment in the ‘Green Corridor’ and delivering on HS2’s ‘no net loss in biodiversity’ targets to leave an improved legacy for the communities of the West Midlands. Ensure independent scrutiny, reporting and enforcement of HS2’s on the ground ecological work including meaningful engagement with environmental stakeholders.

We hope all candidates will get behind this.  

This is a non-partisan campaign aimed at encouraging Mayoral candidates and the elected WMCA Mayor to take action for nature’s recovery across the West Midlands. Wildlife Trusts do not intend to influence how constituents vote in this election.

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