The Tamar Valley AONB team welcome new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Scott Mann MP, Sheryll Murray MP and others at Calstock wetlands

Environment Minister, Scott Mann MP, enjoying a tour of Calstock Wetland, during his visit to the Tamar Valley AONB on 14th October 2022

The Tamar Valley AONB team welcomed new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Growth and Rural Affairs) to Defra and local MP, Scott Mann, to the Tamar Valley Centre, near Gunnislake, and provided a tour of the new wetlands intertidal habitat at Calstock on Friday 14th October 22

With green finance as part of his ministerial portfolio, Mr Mann was keen to find out more about the pioneering ‘Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund’ (NEIRF) project work in the Tamar Valley, looking at options to attract more private sector investment into our landscapes.

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The £10 million Defra and Environment Agency Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund provided grants of up to £100,000 to 86 organisations across England, including Tamar Valley AONB.

The NEIRF aims to stimulate private investment and market-based mechanisms that improve and safeguard our domestic natural environment by helping projects get ready for investment.

The Fund supports the government’s goals in the Green Finance Strategy and The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

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Dan Cooke, Tamar Valley AONB manager, said:

“We were pleased to be able to show the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State around the Tamar Valley and talk about our work identifying how to unlock potential private-sector investment in our vital nature-based services.

Dan continues: ‘We now know that the total value of natural capital in the Tamar Valley AONB is over £39 million each year. This includes, for example, the value of climate regulation (natural carbon capture and storage), air pollution removal and natural flood regulation. Local businesses are showing a good deal of interest in how they can get involved.”

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