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General Information

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Organisation Reference Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Wildpro Referenced Responsibilities:- Conventions, Legislation, Codes of Conduct, Manuals --
Notes Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) was created in In 2001, by the merging of MAFF (see: Website Ref - W32 - Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) with the DETR (see: Website Ref - W5 - Wildlife and Countryside Directorate, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR)) The information on the previous government departments remains available as there are data references made to the previous ministries.

The information below is taken directly from the Defra website in September 2007.

Defra's core purpose is to improve the current and future quality of life. 

For the first time one department has brought together the interests of farmers and the countryside; the environment and the rural economy; the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. 

We do all this by integrating environmental, social and economic objectives - putting sustainable development into practice every day, and by championing sustainable development as the way forward for Government.

Defra's strategic priorities

Defra’s aim is sustainable development - defined as:

development which enables all people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life without compromising the quality of life of future generations.’

Defra promotes sustainable development as the way forward for Government.

Under the overarching aim of sustainable development, Defra has five strategic priorities:

  • Climate change and energy
  • Sustainable consumption and production 
  • Protecting the countryside and natural resource protection
  • Sustainable rural communities
  • A sustainable farming and food sector including animal health and welfare

A significant part of Defra’s work is concerned with preparedness for emergencies and contingencies, which fall within the remit of environment, food and rural affairs.

Dates Referenced August 2001; revised September 2007
Contact Details

For information on any aspect of Defra's work, please contact the Defra Helpline by telephone on 08459 33 55 77 or by email at helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk.

From outside the UK the Helpline telephone number is +44 (0) 20 7238 6951.
There is also a minicom/textphone number for the deaf and hard of hearing: 0845 300 1998 

Helpline staff can answer many of the questions put to them; however, if they are unable to answer an enquiry themselves, they will connect callers to other Defra staff who can deal with enquiries on specialist issues. 

Please address faxes to the Customer Contact Unit.
The fax number is 020 7238 2188; from outside the UK: +44 (0) 20 7238 2188 

Please send general postal enquiries to:

Customer Contact Unit 
Eastbury House
30 - 34 Albert Embankment 

HQ Contact Details:

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Nobel House
17 Smith Square

Tel: 020 7238 6000 (switchboard. N.B. Only use this number to contact named members of staff whose direct line you do not know.)
Fax: 020 7238 6591

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Specific References (Please note - website addresses change frequently and all references are dated accordingly. If hyperlinks are no longer active, please inform us)

Reference Section of Website Specific Website link
W66.w1 Wildlife Crime & Wildlife Inspectorate PAW Bulletin Special Edition December 2000 - Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-countryside/wildcrime/
W66.11Dec03.w1 DEFRA BSE Information Other TSEs. Last updated 30 September 2003 http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/bse/bse-statistics/level3-3-tsestat.html
W66.Oct03.w1 Rabies in Bats Q & A http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/notifiable/q&a/rabiesq&a.htm
W66.Oct03.w2 CONFIRMED CASE OF BAT RABIES IN LANCASHIRE http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2002/021001d.htm
W66.Oct04.w1 Secretary of State’s Standards of Modern Zoo Practice (Revised 13 September 2004) [Links to individual chapters and appendices are provided from this page]] http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-countryside/gwd/zooprac/index.htm


W66.Mar05.w1 Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Sheep http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/welfare/farmed/sheep/booklets/sheep.pdf
W66.Mar05.w2 Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Cattle http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/welfare/farmed/cattle/booklets/catcode.pdf
W66.Mar05.w3 Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Goats http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/welfare/farmed/othersps/goats/pb0081/
W66.Mar05.w4 Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Deer http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/welfare/farmed/othersps/deer/
W66.Aug07.w1 Disinfectants Approved for use in England http://disinfectants.defra.gov.uk/Default.aspx?Location=None&module
W66.Aug07.w2 Cost Benefit Analysis of Foot and Mouth Disease Controls http://www.defra.gov.uk/footandmouth/pdf/costben.pdf
W66.Sept07.w1 Fact Sheet 1 How to spot foot and mouth disease http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/pdf/factsheet1.pdf
W66.Sept07.w2 Fact Sheet 2 Biosecurity – Preventing the introduction and the spread of foot and mouth disease http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/pdf/factsheet2.pdf
W66.Sept07.w3 Fact Sheet 3 What will happen when foot and mouth disease (FMD) is suspected or confirmed http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/pdf/factsheet3.pdf
W66.Sept07.w4 Foot and Mouth Disease Ageing of Lesions http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/pdf/ageing-lesions.pdf
W66.Sept07.w5 Note to livestock keepers in an FMD Protection Zone http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalhealth/fmd/PZ/EXD80(FMD)(E).pdf
W66.Sept07.w6 Note to livestock keepers in an FMD SURVEILLANCE ZONE http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalhealth/fmd/SZ/EXD81(FMD)(E).pdf
W66.Sept07.w7 FMD Directive 2003/85/EC - Derogation for Zoos & Wildlife Parks http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/policy/zoo.htm
W66.Sept07.w8 FMD in Surrey, UK, 2007 Epidemiology report on the probable release of FMD virus at the Pirbright site and the transmission of infection to the first infected cattle herd, from investigations up to 29 August 2007 (Day 26) http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/investigations/pdf/fmd_
Situation at 12:00 Friday 21 September 2007. Day 49
W66.Oct11.w1 Pet Travel Scheme - What pet owners need to do http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/pet-owners/

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