Companies to create 100,000 hectares of wetlands

Companies including Berkeley Group, Eversheds Sutherland, National Grid and Triodos Bank met with HRH The Prince of Wales, who last year launched the Terra Carta initiative, and took part in discussions.

All members of the group have an interest in creating wetlands to help meet the objectives of their own organisations, and will work together to identify, develop and deliver pioneering projects that help WWT reach its Blue Recovery goal of creating 100,000 hectares of new and restored wetlands across the country.

WWT’s Blue Recovery proposal covers a number of strands – including creating a carbon storage network of coastal wetlands, a network of wetland features to reduce the risk of flooding, a network of accessible urban wetlands to improve wellbeing, and a water treatment network to improve biodiversity.

Duncan Burt, chief sustainability officer for National Grid, said: “The challenges the world faces today will only be solved with every sector of society working together – and the Blue Recovery Leaders Group is a great example of how this can happen. We’re honoured to be part of such a prestigious group of organisations and I hope it will go on to help WWT with its goal of creating a network of healthy wetlands across the UK – something that we all agree will be of huge benefit to nature, to people, and to the planet”.

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