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Biodiversity and the Natural Environment: valuation, localism and engaging business

A half-day seminar on UK biodiversity and natural environment management and policies
When Jul 04, 2013
from 08:30 AM to 01:00 PM
Where Central London
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Contact Phone 01344 864796
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This seminar, organised by Westminster Forum Projects,  will offer delegates the opportunity to consider the next steps in the development and implementation of UK policy to enhance biodiversity and the natural environment, and comes after the international community reaffirmed its obligation to implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, alongside commitments from the developed nations to double the funding provided for safeguarding biodiversity internationally.

With the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs having set out a number of specific objectives in its Biodiversity 2020 strategy and 2011-2015 Business Plan - including reviewing the direction of forestry and woodland policy, implementing new methods of valuing the UK's natural capital and wider efforts to engage businesses and individuals with biodiversity preservation - planned sessions focus on the economic, logistical and practical challenges in achieving them.

Delegates will also assess the progress that has been made in the delivery of the UK's 'ambitious' Natural Environment White Paper which, amongst other things, aims to reconnect people and nature and to grow a green economy.

Note that there will be speakers from several ECN sponsors and research partners. Robin Mortimer, Director for Sustainable Land Management and Livestock Farming, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Dr Peter Bonfield, Group Chief Executive, BRE; Professor David Hill, Deputy Chair, Natural England and Chair, Environment Bank; Simon Hodgson, Chief Executive, Forestry Commission England and Dr Matt Walpole, Head of Science, Economics, Policy & Partnerships, UNEP-WCMC have kindly agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.

Further confirmed speakers include John Atkinson, Environment Adviser, The Co-operative Group; William Evison, Assistant Director, Sustainability & Climate Change, PwC; Begonia Filgueira, Solicitor and Director, Environmental Regulation and Information Centre; Professor Rosemary Hails, Member, Natural Capital Committee and Director, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology; Nicola Hutchinson, Head of Conservation for England and Wales, Plantlife; Mohammed Rafiq, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Futures Worldwide; Matthew Townsend, Partner, Environmental Law Group, Allen & Overy and Neil Wyatt, Chief Executive, Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust.

Barry Gardiner MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Biodiversity and Anne McIntosh MP, Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

Please see http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/event.php?eid=533 for more details or to book.

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