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This blog is intended to be a place to continue debate about the issues raised by the ‘Better Environments, Better Lives’ conference. This is to debate how we can:

  • breathe new life into the poorest environments, from neglected rivers to brownfield land sites
  • maximise funding opportunities, harness the power of partnerships
  • ensure environmental improvements are community driven and owned
  • maximise the wider benefits for businesses and communities.

What we could achieve together

  • Be fair by focusing on protecting those areas and communities who are most affected by pollution.
  • Reduce the socio-economic cost of fly-tipping and other environmental crime in deprived areas.
  • Contribute to regeneration by creating green spaces and opportunities for people to enjoy rivers and the countryside through flood management schemes
  • Increase land values through environmental improvements and encourage sustainable business growth
  • Get more from our good partnership working, evidence and capacity – including techniques in genuine collaborative thinking.
  • Demonstrate our commitment to protecting and improving people’s health and wellbeing, by working with vulnerable communities to help them become more resilient to the effects of climate change and flooding.

The Benefits

  • Significant environmental improvements in deprived communities
  • Demonstrable improvements in wellbeing within these deprived communities
  • Better understanding of the capacity needed within deprived communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change
  • Significant further evidence to underpin what is known about environmental inequalities demonstrably positioning the environment in relation to the regeneration, green development and business wellbeing, quality of life and social inclusion agendas.
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