Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar Next steps for natural environment policy in England

Event date: 
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Event venue: 
Central London, United Kingdom
Event description: 

The focus:

This seminar will provide an opportunity to assess the next steps for biodiversity, wildlife conservation and natural capital, including priorities for safeguarding the UK’s natural environment in the context of Brexit.

Areas for discussion:

  • The future context for environmental conservation: funding, cooperation, and utilising evidence and data;
  • Stakeholder engagement, environmental principles in the planning system and climate change adaptation;
  • Assessing current and future regulatory priorities for environmental protection;
  • Developing natural capital and the opportunities for ecosystem services, land management and wider health benefits; 
  • Next steps for Government plans and the future of natural environment policy.


Following the Environment Secretary’s recent speech committing to launch a consultation on Defra’s 25-year Environment Plan;
Publication of the Natural Capital Committee’s 4th annual state of natural capital report that recommended the Government should proceed rapidly with their 25-year environment plan;
The Environmental Audit Committee’s report and their recommendations on safeguarding the future of the natural environment after Brexit;
Funds recently awarded through the Countryside Stewardship scheme that included grants for woodland creation and habitat conservation; and
Publication of Defra’s UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 report that recognised current risks to natural capital and wildlife ecosystems.


A full transcript of the proceedings, together with short papers invited from delegates, will be shared with UK Government officials and regulators most involved in the progress of policy in these areas, and with relevant Select Committees, ministerial offices and Parliamentarians - and provided to all delegates.


Keynotes: Shirley Trundle, Director, Countryside and Nature, Defra; Harvey Bradshaw, Executive Director of Environment and Business, Environment Agency; Professor Paul Leinster, Professor of Environmental Assessment, Cranfield University 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); Martin Crow, Senior Sustainability Manager, Hanson UK; Dr Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, Town and Country Planning Association; Andrew Heald, Technical Director, Confederation of Forest Industries (ConFor); Sasha Leigh, Head of Policy Partnerships, Natural Environment Research Council; Louise Martland, Programme Manager - National Delivery, The Environment Bank; Dr Diane Mitchell, Chief Environment Adviser, National Farmers’ Union and Ben Williams, Programme Lead, NHS Forest and Green Spaces, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare.

Chaired by: Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2012-2014) and Baroness Parminter, Liberal Democrat Lords Principal Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 


Places have been reserved by a parliamentary pass-holder from the House of Commons and officials from APHA; BEIS; CCC; Defra; DfT; Department for International Trade; Government Legal Department; HM Treasury; NAO; National Infrastructure Commission and the Planning Inspectorate.

Also due to attend are representatives from Agricultural Industries Confederation; AHDB; Anglian Water; Arup; Atkins; Bat Conservation Trust; Bath Spa University; Biodynamic Association; Brunel University London; BSG Ecology; Cannock Chase AONB Partnership; Central Bedfordshire Council; Chester Zoo; Colas; CPRE Wiltshire; Devon Wildlife Trust; Eastleigh Borough Council; Ecosystems Knowledge Network; EDF Energy; Forestry Commission England; Hanson UK; Heritage Lottery Fund; High Weald AONB Unit; ICF Consulting Services; Imperial College London; Indepen; Kent County Council; King’s College London; Lincolnshire County Council; LSE; LUC; National Forest Company; National Gamekeepers’ Organisation; Natural England; Northamptonshire Biodiversity Records Centre; North Yorkshire County Council; Middlesex University; Open Spaces Society; Oxford University Innovation; Parkwood Consultancy Services; Penny Anderson Associates; People Need Nature; Quod; Richard Buxton Solicitors; RICS; Sheffield Hallam University; SongBird Survival; South East Water; Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council; Surrey Nature Partnership; Tarmac; Taylor & Francis; The Crown Estate; The Ecology Consultancy; The Environmental Dimension Partnership; The National Hedgelaying Society; The Open University; The Rothschild Foundation; Travers Smith; University of Reading; University of Sheffield; University of Surrey; VolkerWessels UK; Wessex Water; White & Case; Wilderness Foundation UK; Wildlife and Countryside Link; Wycombe District Council and Yorkshire Water.

Booking is open now