Castle Debates - The 25 Year Environment Plan
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Castle Debates - The 25 Year Environment Plan

The 25 Year Environment Plan

 Export to Your Calendar 11/07/2017
When: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
9:00 AM
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Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
12 Great George Street
Parliament Square
London SW1P 3AD
United Kingdom

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Before the General Election, there was a rare cross-party commitment to a 25 year Environment Plan. The Conservative Manifesto promised a ‘25 Year Plan to restore the UK’s biodiversity’. That election pledge was hard-won, following recommendations by the Natural Capital Committee and campaigning by NGOs.

Two years on from the Election, a framework for the 25 Year Plan is under consultation and although praised for its ambitions it has been criticised for the lack of legally-binding targets for environmental improvement, which would be underpinned by investment and new accountability mechanisms. The Natural Capital Committee has again entered the debate, calling for the plan to be given a legal basis and its separation from the Government’s 25 year Food and Farming Plan has also been questioned.

In this debate, we consider the scope, ambition and content of the 25 year Environment Plan and ask what are the hallmarks of a plan that can really deliver long-term environmental improvement and meet challenges such as air pollution, poor water quality and loss of habitats and wildlife.



Martin Spray CBE, Chief Executive, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Sarah Hardy, Head of Programme Office and Engagement 25 Year Environment Plan at Defra

Professor Dieter Helm CBE, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Oxford and Chair of the Natural Capital Committee 

Chair Pamela Castle OBE

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