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    RSPB welcomes decision not to merge Environment Agency and Natural England

    NewsBird NewsFriday 28 June 2013
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    The RSPB has welcomed Defra’s announcement to keep the Environment Agency and Natural England separate. This came after the triennial review over the potential of a merger. 
     
    The RSPB’s Chief Executive, Mike Clarke, spoke to the organisation’s official website, saying: “The decision not to merge Natural England and the Environment Agency is the right one, but the process leading to this decision has been a huge waste of time and public money – resources which should have been directed towards fighting declines in wildlife.
     
    “We want a reassurance that this exercise is not going to start again in another two years. We believe it is also vital that some of the proposals in the report do not lead to a merger by the back door, or a further constraint on the Agencies’ ability to regulate and protect the natural environment.
     
    “Our wildlife is in crisis, with many species in decline. We urgently need investment in the environment. The Government needs to ensure that Natural England and the Environment Agency remain independent and properly resourced, so they can play strong roles across Government and fulfil their statutory duties."
     
    The RSPB is also calling for more people to help them support the struggling species in the UK. Nature in the UK is in trouble and some of this nation’s more familiar garden species are among those who are suffering the most serious declines. 
     
    The organisation is asking you to ‘create a home for nature’. You can find out more about the campaign here. 
     
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