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Natural environment public policy

​About the natural environment public policy

This policy area ensures that Jersey’s unique natural environment is protected for future generations.

There is a strong connection between Islander’s mental and physical health and wellbeing and our natural environment. This includes the countryside, coasts and the species we share them with. 

Jersey has demonstrated its commitment to protecting local and global biodiversity by signing up to a number of environmental agreements. The natural environment also plays an important role in reducing the impacts of climate change and reaching the Island’s net zero carbon goal.

Key issues: 

  • Global biodiversity crisis
  • Climate change 
  • Biosecurity and invasive non-native species
  • Import and export of animals, animal products and plants 
  • Balancing natural habitats with a growing population
  • Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

The lead minister for natural environment public policy is Steve Luce.​

Steve Luce​'s profile on States Assembly​​


Climate emergency

Strategies and policies

Jersey's unique natural environment is protected for future generations.

​Strategies and policies
Ministerial Plan (page 21)
​Ministerial Plans set out a minister’s objectives and intentions for their term of government.
Energy and Environment, Delivery Plan
​Delivery Plans set out the activities that government departments will undertake to deliver on the minister’s priorities.

Biodiversity Strategy

One of the commitments from the Biodiversity Strategy (2000) is to produce local biodiversity action plans to achieve recovery of our most threatened species and habitats.

Marine Economy Framework

The Rural Economy Strategy recommended that Jersey's marine and fisheries industry 'warrants its own comprehensive strategy.'

Rural Economy Strategy

The Rural Economy Strategy 2017 to 2021 focuses on economic and environmental sustainability in the countryside. It proposes new policies to keep pace with changes in the rural economy and promote growth in the sector, to protect Jersey's environment, and to ensure the impact of rural business on the wider environment and society is considered.

Bridging Island Plan

The Island Plan is the primary consideration in any planning-related decision making and came into immediate effect.

Carbon Neutral Roadmap

Roadmap for net zero carbon emissions in Jersey by 2050

Tree Strategy

Aims to protect the island's trees through legislation, policy and practice.

Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan

Sets out a number of policies to achieve this integration, acknowledging the need to protect our coasts and seas and the need to use our marine and coastal environment sensitively.

Countryside Access Strategy

Aims to improve access to Jersey's countryside. It follows the findings of a consultation which asked people for detailed feedback on the Island's coastal and countryside path network.

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