Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar: Policy priorities for protecting natural capital in England and the role of a 25-year Environment Plan

Event Date: 
18 Feb 2018 - 08:00
Type: 
Other Events

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

with

Nick Barter, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Emma Howard Boyd, Environment Agency

and

Will EvisonPwC; Stuart GoodallConfor: Promoting Forestry and WoodProfessor Rosemary Hails, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology; David LoweWarwickshire County CouncilSandy LukMarine Conservation SocietyJeremy OwenLUCClaire WansburyAtkins and Miranda WinramForest Enterprise

Venue: Central London

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 follow the Natural Capital Committee’s recent report, and the Government’s recently published Clean Growth Strategy.

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.

Attendees 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 organizations 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.

Draft agenda (subject to change)

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and coffee

 

 

9.00 - 9.05

Chair’s opening remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

 

 

9.05 - 9.35

The role of the 25-year Environment Plan and priorities for stakeholder collaboration and engagement

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

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

9.35 - 9.45

Assessing the value of nature and establishing the research base for future environmental protection

Professor Rosemary Hails, Director, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Science,  Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

 

 

9.45 - 10.45

Policy priorities for the protection of species and habitats post-Brexit

David Lowe, Team Leader, Ecology, Historic Environment & Landscape, Warwickshire County Council

Sandy Luk, Chief Executive Officer, Marine Conservation Society

Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive, Confor: Promoting Forestry and Wood

Claire Wansbury, Associate Director of Ecology, Atkins

Questions and comments from the floor with Professor Rosemary Hails, Director, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Science, 

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

 

 

10.45 - 10.50

Chair’s closing remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

 

 

10.50 - 11.20

Coffee

 

 

11.20 - 11.25

Chair’s opening remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

 

 

11.25 - 11.35

Case study: the experience of carrying out a Natural Capital Account

Miranda Winram, Head of Strategy and Insight, Forest Enterprise

 

 

11.35 - 11.45

Environmental protections in the planning system: green-belt use, land-use allocation and plan development

Jeremy Owen, Managing Director & Director of Planning, LUC

 

 

11.45 - 11.55

Case study: making the most of ecosystem services

Senior representative, agriculture

 

 

11.55 - 12.05

Priorities and incentives for businesses to incorporate best practice in conservation

Will Evison, Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC

 

 

12.05 - 12.25

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.25 - 12.50

Planning for the future delivery of environmental schemes: operational readiness, funding and innovation

Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.50 - 12.55

Keynote closing remarks

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

 

 

12.55 - 13.00

Chair’s and Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum closing remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

Michael Ryan, Deputy Editor, Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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

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