Exmoor was designated as a National Park in 1954. Since then, the co-ordination of work to achieve National Park purposes in the area has been undertaken by local government and since 1997 by a free standing Exmoor National Park Authority.
Exmoor National Park Authority decides what measures to take to achieve the two National Park purposes;
"To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Park"
"To promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public"
In carrying out these purposes the Authority has a duty to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the national parks
All planning applications within the National Park area are determined by the National Park Authority and applications are dealt with at our offices in Dulverton. Planning policies are there to ensure both rural prosperity and the protection and enhancement of the special character of Exmoor.
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Exmoor National Park Declares Climate Emergency
Exmoor National Park Authority Members this week declared a climate emergency and agreed to work towards being a carbon neutral Authority by 2030, subject to a detailed action plan now being drawn up.
Members also agreed to sign up to the Devon Climate Declaration, alongside 25 other organisations, and to join forces with both Devon and Somerset County Councils to produce carbon plans covering the National Park to meet or exceed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) targets.
Climate Action The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan deems National Parks one of the most outstanding environmental achievements this century. It’s thanks to the determination and foresight of those who fought for their establishment that the UK today boasts 15 National Parks, 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 4,000km of National Trails.
But however beautiful and well-loved these places are, there are now much bigger global threats at stake and none more important than climate change.
The world’s top experts estimate the worst effects can be avoided by keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees. And we, along with many others, have joined the UK government in declaring a climate emergency to help meet this target.
Our national parks are not vast open wildernesses like the Amazon rainforest or Yellowstone National Park, whose very existence brings about natural climate solutions. But they are places where the balance between nature and people is championed making them working models for a sustainable future, were new ideas can be kindled and inspiration sought.
Here are some ways Exmoor National Park is combating climate change along with simple steps everyone can take, both at home and away.
By acting together, we can make a difference.