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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) is a UK Government Department. The overarching challenge for Defra is to enable everyone to live within our environmental means. This is most clearly exemplified by the need to tackle climate change internationally and through domestic action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and secure a healthy, resilient, productive and diverse natural environment. Central to achieving these goals will be reducing the environmental impact of the lifestyles we lead, the products that the country’s economy produces and consumes, and the waste we produce. We also need to reduce the global impact of our food production and consumption, improving the contribution that a profitable and competitive farming industry in this country can make to our environment. These challenges can only be met by a respected department, making it vital that we focus on delivering to the needs of our many customers efficiently and effectively. Defra will do this while maintaining high levels of protection of human, animal, and plant health and ensuring the economy is resilient to risks such as those from flooding, disruption to food or water supply and the consequences of a chemical, biological or nuclear incident. Defra is also responsible for enabling adaptation to the inevitable impacts of climate change. Defra champions Sustainable Development, helping Government as a whole to deliver economic, social and environmental sustainability. Defra is also the focal point for rural policy, supporting strong rural communities and ensuring that dispersed rural needs are reflected in social and place-based policies across Government. The Department has a strong international dimension, with a critical role in both European Union and global policy making.


Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
30 - 34 Albert Embankment
SE1 7TL London

United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7238 6951
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7238 2188

email: helpline(@)


  • Research
  • Funding
  • Project Management Agency

Focus of Research:

  • Climate change and energy
  • Protecting the countryside & natural resource protection
  • Sustainable consumption & production
  • Sustainable farming and food
  • Sustainable rural communities

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