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Climate and nature emergency

The climate crisis is the most significant long-term threat to the extraordinary New Forest landscape.

We believe urgent action is needed to tackle the twin crises of the climate and nature emergencies is needed.

What are the impacts of the climate and nature emergency on the New Forest?

The New Forest National Park is a world capital for wildlife with a unique mosaic of habitats and many rare species. It plays a vital role in the climate and nature crises and could suffer huge impacts of further climate change.

Climate change is causing warmer, wetter winters and hotter, drier summers which will continue to amplify as climate change intensifies.

This will have significant detrimental effects for our wildlife, local livelihoods and human health as these changes affect water quality and storage, pollination, flooding, soil formation and carbon storage.

Our wildlife and nature are under threat from rising temperatures, wildfires, pests, diseases, drier soils and wetlands, and more powerful and frequent storms.

Climate change also affects the range and numbers of species and alters their seasonal activity.

What are we doing for the New Forest National Park?

As the New Forest National Park Authority, we’re working to both reduce the effects of climate change and help the Forest adapt – so that the special qualities of the National Park are maintained for future generations. National parks across the UK are pulling together to drive change and inspire positive action too.

We’re doing this by:

  • Protecting the New Forest’s carbon stores and increasing its ability to remove carbon from the atmosphere, through restoring and protecting habitats (mitigation) – our Net Zero with Nature programme
  • This will also help the New Forest adapt to the climate and nature emergency, making wildlife areas more resilient (adaptation)
  • Encouraging behaviour change with our communities and visitors (education). We’re calling on our communities and partners to join us and take action together. As organisations, groups and individuals, our collective actions are influencing the future of the New Forest National Park, including its nature, wildlife, infrastructure, communities and working forest. Get involved in the New Forest Climate and Nature Challenge, pledge and Awakening Festival, backed up by the Sustainable Communities Fund
  • Reducing our organisation’s carbon footprint (mitigation).

By making changes together now, we can make a positive difference to the New Forest and to the planet.



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