Title:

The future for policy on biodiversity and natural capital in the UK: priorities, practicalities and targets

Where:

London, UK

Start Date:

Thursday 21st April

Description:

Timed to follow the planned publication of the European Union’s ‘Fitness Check’ on key conservation directives in early 2016, this seminar will provide a timely opportunity to assess progress made towards meeting the UK’s Biodiversity 2020 targets.

 

The agenda includes keynote presentations from Dr Laure Ledoux, Deputy Head of Unit, Biodiversity, Environment Directorate-General, European Commission and Shirley Trundle, Director, Countryside and Nature, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

 

Delegates will discuss the strategic priorities for biodiversity and conservation policy as well as the future role of local communities following the establishment of Local Nature Partnerships and as the National Trust invests £1 billion over ten years to ‘nurse the environment back to health’.

 

Areas for discussion include:

-Impact of European Commission’s ‘Fitness Check’ on their Birds and Habitats Directives;

-An assessment of the value of England’s natural capital - with Professor Rosemary Hails, Member, Natural Capital Committee and Director, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH);

-Strategic and long-term priorities for UK biodiversity, including conservation strategies and local authority engagement;

Priorities for communicating the value of biodiversity and protecting the environment in planning infrastructure projects;

Generating investment in conservation schemes: ‘habitat banking’ and biodiversity compensation - with Professor David Hill, Deputy Chair, Natural England and Chair, Environment Bank; and

-Meeting Biodiversity 2020 targets and next steps for policy.

 

The draft agenda is regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum.

 

Speakers

At this early stage, we are pleased to include keynote addresses from Dr Laure Ledoux, Deputy Head of Unit, Biodiversity, Environment Directorate-General, European Commission; Shirley Trundle, Director, Countryside and Nature, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Pete Fox, Director of Water, Land and Biodiversity, Environment Agency; Professor Rosemary Hails, Member, Natural Capital Committee and Director, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH); Professor David Hill, Deputy Chair, Natural England and Chair, Environment Bank and Cathy Myatt, Environment Manager, Crossrail.

 

Further confirmed speakers include Patrick Begg, Rural Enterprises Director, National Trust; Will Evison, Assistant Director, PwC; Suzanne Goodfellow, Chair, Natural Devon - the Devon Local Nature Partnership; Martin Harper, Conservation Director, RSPB; David Lowe, Principal Ecologist, Warwickshire County Council and Julia Thrift, Head of Projects and Events, Town and Country Planning Association, together with a speaker confirmed from Rewilding Britain. Additional senior participants are being approached.

 

Networking

This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details).

 

Places have been reserved by a parliamentary pass-holder from the Environmental Audit Committee and officials from Defra; NAO and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Affinity Water; Anglian Water Services; Bath Spa University; CEH; Hanson UK; James Hutton Institute; Loughborough University; Plymouth University; RSPB; Spie; UCL; University of Birmingham and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff.

 

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Agra Europe; ENDS Report and The Sunday Times.

 

Overall we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group numbering more than 100, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials from DECC, Defra, and other relevant departments, environment professionals, representatives from conservation and biodiversity organisations, academics, local government, charities and other key stakeholders, together with reporters from the national and trade press.

 

Output and About Us

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 10 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at Defra and other government departments; representatives from other Government agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

 

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

 

The Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition speakers and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade press.

 

Booking arrangements

To book places, please use our online booking form.

 

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

 

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

 

Options and charges are as follows:

• Places at The future for policy on biodiversity and natural capital in the UK: priorities, practicalities and targets (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £210 plus VAT;

• Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

 

For those who cannot attend:

• Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 10 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;

• Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

 

Event website: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/event.php?eid=1123

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