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West Midlands Natural Environment Plan: 2021 - 2026

Key Stakeholders

Delivering this regional Natural Environment Plan will require the involvement of a range of different stakeholders from the public, charity and voluntary, research and private sectors. A number of them have been involved in the development of this plan. These include:

  • Government organisations: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission and Natural England

  • Local authorities: the seven constituent authorities have been consulted to date, although we also commit to work with our non-constituent authorities on delivery

  • LEPs: Black Country Consortium, Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire

  • Local Nature Partnerships: Birmingham and Black Country LNP and Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull LNP

  • Regional nature organisations and partnerships: The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Canal and River Trust, Woodland Trust, Local Nature Partnerships within WMCA region

  • Private sector: working with individual businesses as well as with business-facing organisations (e.g. Business in the Community, Sustainability West Midlands, Growth Hubs)

  • Voluntary sector: 'Friends of' groups, tree warden groups, volunteer groups

  • West Midlands communities: Supporting and working with residents across the West Midlands to get involved in protecting, enhancing and restoring nature will be critical to the success of this plan.

As this work develops, it is clear that our engagement will need to stretch beyond this initial group, bringing in others that will be necessary to help us achieve the scale of intervention required. This will also include broadening the range of businesses involved; bringing significant landowners on board; and stakeholders who can support with understanding the routes to financing.

We are also proposing to establish a Natural Capital Board to oversee the work as part of the WMCA’s formal governance structure (see Section 4.2)