UK environmental groups are driving forward the actions needed to tackle the climate and nature crises, but need more support to act at the speed and scale required, according to the Environmental Funders Network’s latest sector survey.
According to What the Green Groups Said, the third survey in EFN’s research series that intends to ‘take the pulse’ of the UK environment sector, while many in the sector feel there have been important steps forward with advocacy and awareness, many express regret over its difficulty in holding decision-makers to account, and worry that hard-fought policy progress may be let down by weak interpretation and implementation.
‘Never have we needed a bold and effective environment sector more than we do today. This report outlines what environmental organisations could be doing – and how they might be supported by their donors – to dramatically increase their ability to protect life on Earth’, said Florence Miller, Director of EFN.
The survey of UK environment group leaders received responses from 116 organisations, large and small, in autumn 2021. The findings provide insight into these organisations’ priorities, strategies and successes, and act as a source of collective intelligence on what their leaders perceive to be the sector’s key challenges, opportunities and funding gaps. In addition, respondents reflected on which environmental organisations (other than their own) they consider to be most effective given the resources at their disposal.
The publication of this research comes at a time when strong action on the environment is urgently needed. Past surveys in the series have helped environmental organisations refine their strategies or expand into new areas, as well as support donors to environmental causes to target their funding more effectively and productively.
The full report is available here.