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

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Event venue: 
Central London United Kingdom
Event description: 

The agenda includes keynote addresses from Andrea Ledward, Director, Natural Environment, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Dr Gillian Pratt, Deputy Director, Future Regulation, Environment Agency.

Land management and The Agriculture Bill

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.

Progress on implementing the 25 Year Environment Plan

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.

Environmental oversight and the Environmental Principles and Governance Bill

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.

Natural capital accounting

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.

The draft agenda is available here

Speakers

This seminar will include keynote addresses from: Jill Crawford, Convenor, Environmental Litigation Working Party, UK Environmental Law Association and Associate Solicitor, BLM; Adam Dutton, Head of Natural Capital Accounts, Office for National Statistics; Vicki Hird, Campaign Coordinator, Food and Farming Policy, Sustain; Andrea Ledward, Director, Natural Environment, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs; Alex Plant, Director of Regulation, Anglian Water; Dr Gillian Pratt, Deputy Director, Future Regulation, Environment Agency; Sir William Worsley, Chairman, National Forest Company and Tree Champion, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Dr Stephanie Wray, Chairman, Biocensus.

Further confirmed speakers include: Ian Dickie, Director, eftec; Professor Selena Gray, Professor of Public Health, University of the West of England and Chair, West of England Nature Partnership; Jacob Hayler, Executive Director, Environmental Services Association and Liam Walsh, Programme Manager, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge.

Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

Bookings for the Forum can be made here