The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is a Government Department in the UK.
We cover – we make policy and legislation, and work with others to deliver our policies in - areas such as:
- the natural environment, biodiversity, plants and animals
- sustainable development and the green economy
- food, farming and fisheries
- animal health and welfare
- environmental protection and pollution control
- rural communities and issues.
Although we only work directly in England, we work closely with the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and we generally lead on negotiations in the EU and internationally.
- Read more about the Department, including key facts and figures
- Read more about our priorities and objectives
The Government believes that we need to protect the environment for future generations, make our economy more environmentally sustainable, and improve our quality of life and well-being. We also believe that much more needs to be done to support the farming industry, protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable food production.
Chief Scientific Adviser
Secretary, Natural Capital Committee
Chief Social Scientist and Deputy Director for Animal and Plant Health Evidence and Analysis
Head of CBRN Science
Director Analysis and Chief Economist
Director General, Strategy, EU Exit and Finance
Group Director, Strategy
Deputy Director, Air Quality and Industrial Emissions
Former Chief Scientific Adviser
Head of International Chemicals and Nanotechnology