Policy priorities for protecting natural capital in England and the role of a 25-year Environment Plan (London)

Event Date: 
13 Feb 2018 -
09:00 to 13:00
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Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar


Nick Barter, Deputy Director, Natural Environment Strategy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency


Will Evison, Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC; David Lowe, Team Leader, Ecology, Historic Environment & Landscape, Warwickshire County Council and Sandy Luk, Chief Executive Officer, Marine Conservation Society

Morning, Tuesday, 13th February 2018

Central London 

Please note there is a charge for most delegates, although concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions - see below).

This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss policy priorities for protecting the environment and conserving natural capital.

Delegates will consider key elements of the Government’s 25-year Environment Plan - due to be introduced by the Environment Secretary by the start of 2018 - which will be informed by the Natural Capital Committee’s recent report.  

The agenda includes keynote addresses from: Nick Barter, Deputy Director, Natural Environment Strategy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency.

Delegates will examine the funding mechanisms, and access to capital, for new environmental protection schemes; the potential impact of additional Government support - such as the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund, aimed at encouraging farmers and organisations to implement environmentally-friendly measures; and further options for policy.

Further sessions will bring out latest thinking on how the direction of policy fits in with the commercial use of land, the future relationship between conservation and good business practice, and latest thinking on the role of the planning system in protecting the environment. Attendees will also consider the challenges for developing the evidence base needed to inform policy decision-making, in light of the inclusion of the Natural Environment Research Council within UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Government priorities for environmental protection as part of a new 25-year Environment Plan;
  • The future outlook for wildlife and habitat conservation post-Brexit;
  • Valuing nature and enhancing natural capital - the planning system, ecosystem services, business best practice and strategy development; and
  • Opportunities for funding and delivering environmental schemes.

The agenda has been structured following consultation with officials at Defra. The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a 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. Follow us @WEETFEvents for live updates.

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 Policy priorities for protecting natural capital in England and the role of a 25-Year Environment Plan (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 12 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let me know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities - not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).