Climate Change and Sustainabilty
Climate change and sustainability are possibly the biggest issues facing humanity at this time and Dartmoor National Park Authority are working to ensure that these issues are addressed and that practical solutions are developed.
Dartmoor National Park Authority exists to secure, for the public good, the conservation, enhancement, enjoyment and understanding of the special qualities of Dartmoor: its landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage. Our commitment to tackling climate change through a variety of projects and initiatives, means we can act as an exemplar to other protected landscapes as well as offer practical solutions and benefits to a wide range of agencies, communities and individuals on Dartmoor and beyond.
Dartmoor National Park Authority also has a duty to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the National Park and so we are mindful of the impact of various sustainable initiatives and how they can ensure vibrant and sustainable communities.
PartnershipThe key to tackling these issues and looking at solutions is about working in partnership and one such example is our work with the other national parks in looking at what work we must undertake to combat climate change and ensure a sustainable future. The English National Parks Authorities Association (ENPAA) has set out a vision for future action as well as outlining the wide range of climate change related work that is already happening in National Parks in a climate change statement (External site, opens new window).
ProjectsProjects and initiatives to tackle climate change and aid sustainable development that the Dartmoor National Park Authority is involved in or undertaking include:
The Dartmoor Sustainable Development Fund has been set up to encourage innovative sustainable development projects that help to improve the quality of life for current and future generations. The Fund supports proposals that focus on environmental, economic, social and cultural aspects of life.
Dartmoor Partnership (external site, opens in a new window) initiative managed by the Dartmoor National Park Authority. A self-assessed award it is open to all businesses, communities and individuals on, or associated with, Dartmoor to recognise their commitment to sustaining Dartmoor and its special qualities.
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The Dartmoor Circle is a network of climate change groups around Dartmoor that helps its member groups undertake a series of initiatives to reduce carbon emissions on Dartmoor. The Dartmoor Circle also received funding from the Dartmoor Sustainable Development Fund to write a plan for reducing carbon emissions right across Dartmoor - "A Low Carbon Plan for Dartmoor". Recommendations from this plan will help the Dartmoor National Park Authority shape its response to the dual issue of climate change and sustainability.