Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar ‘Next steps for protecting natural capital in England: value, governance and assessing policy developments’

Event Date: 
12 Mar 2019 - 08:00
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                                                           Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum presents

                                    Next steps for protecting natural capital in England: value, governance and assessing policy developments - Central London

Westminster Forum Projects is a market leader in organising senior-level seminars on public policy in agriculture and many other areas such as food, nutrition, media, telecoms, education, health, energy, transport, and the environment. 

This conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss next steps for protecting the UK’s natural capital, and assess a range of developments in environmental policy. Delegates will discuss the Agriculture Bill, and its proposals for a new land management system after the UK leaves the Common Agriculture Policy - assessing key priorities for developing a future payment framework for farmers and land managers, how moves towards a system of payment for ‘public goods’ might be integrated, and how the challenges for delivering a “Green Brexit” might be overcome.

The seminar follows the recent Committee on Climate Change report on land use, which looks at the policy and reform required to meet climate change objectives, and with government consulting on making biodiversity net gain a criterion when considering planning permission.

It also takes place with the recent publication of Waste Strategy for England which puts natural capital as a new indicator for monitoring progress in reducing waste.

Attendees will also consider progress on meeting key objectives of the 25 Year Environment Plan in the year since its publication and in the context of broader environmental initiatives. They will assess opportunities for boosting economic growth while safeguarding natural heritage, and accelerating tree planting in woodland and urban areas.

We also expect discussion on the Government’s Environmental Principles and Governance Bill as the Government considers responses to it consultation on proposals, including the recommendation for an environmental watchdog, and the challenges around implementation and enforcement.

Further sessions will consider the role of natural capital accounting, strategies for the use of natural capital resources like trees, water and livestock, opportunities available for better resource use in industry, and the balance of responsibilities for maintaining environmental quality.