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Thursday 23 July 2020

Strategy will "increase awareness of the value of nature"

The States' recently announced biodiversity strategy has been endorsed by Guernsey Electricity, who say it will help "lead the transition to a carbon neutral future.”

The 2020 Strategy for Nature seeks to connect Guernsey’s community with nature to strengthen awareness, understand and support, make biodiversity mainstream and integrated into decision making and drive the long-term management of nature.

Alex Herschel, Guernsey Electricity’s Environmental Sustainability Manager, led the review and redesign of the strategy during her six-month secondment to the Environment & Infrastructure Committee. 

Guernsey Electricity was very supportive of my secondment to the States to advise and work on the Strategy for Nature as the company is committed to helping to lead the way on promoting environmental sustainability in Guernsey," she said. 

Deputy Barry Brehaut

Pictured: Ms Herschel had a secondment with the E&I Committee, which is headed up by Deputy Barry Brehaut.

At the core of the strategy is the ethos that the more the community cares for nature, the more it will want to protect it. The stronger the awareness of the value of nature and the pressures it is facing, the greater the likelihood that individuals, organisations and businesses perform actions to support and protect nature.

Ms Herschel’s seconded role is to liaise with various key stakeholders within the States and externally, including environmental non-government organisations, to ensure the Strategy for Nature and supporting action plan meets the needs and aspirations of all those involved.

Sally-Ann David, Guernsey Electricity’s Chief Operating Officer, said: Whilst many think we simply deliver electricity to power the Island, our remit is much wider, as we look to provide an affordable and sustainable supply and maintain a responsible attitude towards the environment. We are delighted to have supported the development of the new Strategy through Alex and look to lead the transition to a carbon-neutral future.”

Pictured top: For the remainder of her time with the States, Ms Herschel is supporting the development of a five-year action plan which will be reviewed by the E&I Committee next month.

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