This conference takes place against the backdrop of the UK Government committing to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 and following the publication of the Environment Bill summer policy statement - with the full Bill due to be published early in the next Parliamentary session.
Delegates will discuss the impact and workability of proposed changes - including the introduction of conservation covenants, and steps to improve the management of water - on biodiversity and species protection, and what more needs to be done on a local and national level to support biodiversity.
With the summer policy statement also committing to setting up an Office of Environmental Protection, delegates will also assess the evolving regulatory landscape and what this means for enforcement post-Brexit.
Further sessions will also examine the impact of changes proposed in the Agriculture Bill - including moves towards a system of payment for ‘public goods’ in areas such as soil, water and air quality and public access to the countryside on the protection and promotion of biodiversity.
Keynote addresses from: Tony Juniper, Chair, Natural England; and Begonia Filgueira, Legal Director, Foot Anstey and Co-Chair, Brexit Task Force, United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.
Draft Agenda here