To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how he plans to ensure that the national habitat map for England is (a) accurate and (b) comprehensive.
30 June 2020
My officials are currently planning for how to deliver this new duty. We wish to make the best use of recent advances in satellite imagery, increased computational power and ground survey including using citizen scientists, to deliver a good standard of National Habitat Map (NHM).
We intend to bid for further resources to deliver the NHM as part of an extensive science assessment programme in the planning round for next year.
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