ARCHIVE: About Defra
Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) is a UK Government Department.
The direction for the Department has been re-defined since the Disability Equality Scheme was published, reflecting changes to our remit following the creation of the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in 3 October 2008.
The overarching challenge for Defra now is to secure a healthy environment in which we and future generations can prosper.
As we build a low carbon, resource efficient economy, Defra helps people to adapt to change, deal with environmental risks and make the most of the opportunity we now have to secure a sustainable society and a healthy environment. We believe that this approach will help to sustain us through the difficult economic times, volatile food and energy prices and a changing climate which all make us more aware that we can’t take our environment for granted.
This challenge builds on our previous mission of enabling everyone to live within our environmental means – but makes clear the positive benefits for the economy and society of protecting and enhancing the environment. We lead for government on Public Service Agreement 28 on the natural environment and are key delivery partners for DECC’s Public Service Agreement 27 on climate change.
Page last modified: 31 December 2008
Page published: 31 December 2008