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Urban Pioneer

Defra - Urban Pioneer

The Urban Pioneer is one of four three–year DEFRA Pioneer projects designed to support and inform the development of Government’s approach in its 25 Year Environment Plan (25 YEP). The aspiration for the 25 YEP is that; within a generation (25 years), our country will be the healthiest and most beautiful place to live, work and bring up a family. With the vision for this country to be cleaner, greener, healthier and a more prosperous place to live and work.

“To be the first generation to leave the natural environment in a better state than we found it.”

The Pioneers are action learning pilots of the 25 YEP approach and DEFRA have asked the Pioneers to explore, test and trial four aspects of the plan –the ‘asks’:

  • Testing new tools and methods as part of applying a natural capital approach in practice
  • Demonstrate a joined-up integrated approach to delivery
  • Pioneer and ‘scale-up’ the use of new funding opportunities 
  • Grow our understanding of ‘what works’, sharing lessons and best practice.

The Urban Pioneer will explore the links between environment, society and economy, focusing on improving the natural environment through improved decision making to support the health, wellbeing and prosperity of Greater Manchester’s residents.