561. Natural England.

There is a body known as Natural England1, which has functions conferred on it by statute2. Except where otherwise expressly provided, Natural England's functions are exercisable in relation to England (including, where the context requires, the territorial sea adjacent to England) only3. Natural England has certain functions which are discharged through the Joint Nature Conservation Committee4.

Natural England's general purpose is to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced and managed for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development5. This general purpose includes:

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    (1)     promoting nature conservation6 and protecting biodiversity7;

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    (2)     conserving and enhancing the landscape8;

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