A healthy and diverse natural environment is fundamental to the needs of society and the economy.
Water, land and air quality have been steadily improving for many years, but more is needed. Point-source pollution from industry has been reduced, but ‘diffuse’ pollution from sources such as agriculture, industry, households and road transport is growing in significance.
More needs to be done to tackle pollution and we will work with partners and individuals to do so. By working together future problems can be prevented, the quality of the natural environment will improve and peoples’ health will be protected.
This element of our strategy is supported by a number of supporting strategies that show in more detail how we will work in specific areas to achieve the aims set out in our strategy: