WEET Forum - Next steps for natural environment policy in England

Date: 27th April 2017

Location: Central London

This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Shirley Trundle, Director, Countryside and Nature, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

This seminar will provide an opportunity to assess the next steps for biodiversity, wildlife conservation and natural capital, including priorities for natural environment policy following the UK’s referendum vote to leave the EU.

Delegates will evaluate the Government’s progress towards delivering a 25-year Environment Plan and the central role of the Natural Capital Committee in advising and helping to deliver this. Further discussion will cover opportunities and case studies in sustainable land and wildlife management, promoting and managing ecosystem services and creating value from the natural environment through investment and natural capital accounting.

Further sessions are expected to assess the impact of the EU referendum on the future of environmental regulation, investment in environmental conservation schemes, as well as the funding available to charities and research in the sector.

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Shirley Trundle, Director, Countryside and Nature, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Professor Paul Leinster, Professor of Environmental Assessment, Cranfield University and Member, Natural Capital Committee and Liz Newton, Director, Strategy Development, Natural England.

Further confirmed speakers include: Patrick Begg, Rural Enterprises Director, National Trust; Dr Richard Benwell, Head of Government Affairs, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT); Sasha Leigh, Head of Policy Impact, Natural Environment Research Council; Louise Martland, Programme Manager - National Delivery, The Environment Bank; Dr Diane Mitchell, Chief Environment Adviser, National Farmers’ Union; Ben Williams, Programme Lead, NHS Forest and Green Spaces, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and a speaker confirmed from the Confederation of Forest Industries (ConFor).

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch, Shadow Spokesperson, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

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