Sometimes less really is more. Hedgerow cutting, for example. For the most part, you just have to leave it be and voilà! A haven for wildlife… But sometimes more definitely is just, well, more. This is one of those times.
When we say we’re doing more than ever before thanks to our Policy Group volunteers, we don’t just mean a little bit. We mean almost double what we did in 2017. That’s right – Double! In 2018 we submitted just a dormouse’s whisker shy of double the number of consultation responses than the year prior. That means double the chances to shape policy and double the opportunity to protect the incredible biodiversity of our planet by influencing and informing the decision-makers that matter most. The infographics at the bottom of this page provide just a snapshot of the ways in which we have been influencing nature conservation legislation, policy and practice since the beginning of 2019.
But we want more to be even more, which is why we’re recruiting more experts to our Country Policy Groups and Strategic Policy Panel. We want to double our impact again in 2020 and make the ecology and environment sector as unignorable as the climate strikes. This is our opportunity to influence governments across the UK and Ireland with evidence-based advice and recommendations.
So, will you offer your experience and enthusiasm and help us become even more?
- Our Strategic Policy Group has up to five spaces available. We are particularly interested in members based in Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
- Our Scotland Policy Group has five spaces and are particularly looking for members with marine knowledge.
- Our Ireland Policy Group has three spaces and are looking for members from statutory agencies such as, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Our Welsh Group has four spaces and is open to all members.
As a Country Policy Group member, we ask that you:
- Comment on consultation responses that are relevant to your expertise.
- Keep an eye out for opportunities for policy engagement.
- Input into the development and production of Country Policy Group projects. These include, but are not limited to, advice notes, briefings, position statements and events.
- Where possible, help with gathering contacts and setting up meetings to communicate our policy positions and build relationships.
As a member of the Strategic Policy Panel, we ask that you:
- Contribute to strategic leadership on our policy development and delivery.
- Provide strategic horizon-scanning and monitoring of external issues.
- Contribute to strategic oversight of policy partnerships.
- Guide responses to relevant policy issues (e.g. through consultation responses).
- Help ensure that our views concerning relevant policy issues are represented to government, other bodies and the public.
- Help ensure that we are recognised by relevant external stakeholders as the voice of the profession.
If you’re interested in joining us, please send a brief biography, your policy experience and interests, and which group you would like to be considered for to AmberConnett@cieem.net by the end of the day on Sunday 5th January 2020.