Why nature?

A healthy nature environment is fundamental to securing a healthy, sustainable economy.

“Our economic prosperity and the wise use of our nature resources are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the latter is a precondition of the former, in both the short, medium and long-term. Economic growth must be sustainable – otherwise it will not be sustained.” - Dieter Helm, Chair of the Natural Capital Committee

The marshes, mudflats and brownfield sites, which make the Greater Thames so distinctive, aren’t important only for the populations of wildlife they support, but also for the range of services they provide for businesses and communities:

People need nature. Underinvestment in our natural resources will threaten our ability to maximise opportunities in the Thames Gateway.

West Canvey Marshes (c) RSPB Images, Eleanor Bentall