05 Nov 2008 02:11:45
Environment secretary launches new green fund
Environment secretary Hilary Benn has confirmed a new multi-million pound fund aimed at promoting green projects across the UK.
Coming as the government works towards meeting its carbon emission reduction targets, as stipulated by the EEC, Mr Benn announced that some six million will be awarded to the Greener Living Fund in a bid to bringing together numerous environmental organisations across the country.
At the same time, the government announced the launch of its Third Party Policy, to be overseen by the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which will set the course for its future cooperation with third sector groups.
Welcoming the initiative, Mr Benn stated: "I appreciate and admire the significant time and effort that these organisations undertake and believe that Defra's Third Sector Strategy will play an important part in achieving the goal of a healthy natural environment for this and future generations to prosper."
Among the initiatives being promoted by the new Third Policy is a new campaign aimed at encouraging local environmental volunteering, specifically to help biodiversity levels. http://tinyurl.com/6rywhg