Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra is the ministerial department in England responsible for improving and protecting the environment. It aims to grow a green economy and sustain thriving rural communities. It also supports England’s world-leading food, farming and fishing industries.

Priority outcomes:

  • improve the environment through cleaner air and water, minimised waste, and thriving plant and terrestrial and marine wildlife
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon storage in the agricultural, waste, peat and tree planting sectors to help deliver net zero
  • reduce the likelihood and impact of flooding and coastal erosion on people, businesses, communities and the environment
  • increase the sustainability, productivity and resilience of the agriculture, fishing, food and drink sectors, enhance biosecurity at the border and raise animal welfare standards

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