Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar
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Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar

 Export to Your Calendar 12/03/2019
When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Where: United Kingdom
Contact: Michael Ryan

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Policy Priorities for Protecting Natural Capital in England: Value, Governance and Progress on the 25 Year Environment Plan


This seminar will take place one year on from publication of the 25 Year Environment Plan, delegates will discuss progress on its key objectives and in the context of broader environmental initiatives - including the draft Clean Air Strategy, the recently closed consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance, and the forthcoming environment and agriculture policies being prepared in advance of the UK exit from the European Union. This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss policy priorities for natural capital, and the role that business, local authorities and the wider range of stakeholders can play in delivering greater protection for the environment.  

The agenda includes a case study on the Tree Health Resilience Strategy, and what can be learnt from the approach to its implementation for achieving the goals of economic growth and safeguarding natural heritage. 

Further sessions will consider Government recommendations for a new land management system after the UK leaves the Common Agricultural Policy; strategies for the use of natural capital resources like trees, water and livestock; and priorities for environmental governance post-Brexit. 
Attendees will also consider the role of natural capital accounting, opportunities available for better resource use in industry, and the balance of responsibilities for maintaining environmental quality.
Overall, planned sessions include:
The 25 Year Environment Plan - progress on implementation and linking with the wider policy landscape; 
Strategic priorities for protecting natural capital - engaging with business, monitoring data and local planning;
Environmental governance post-Brexit - enforcement, collaboration and challenges for a new independent body;
Developing an agricultural payments system - supporting farmers and promoting sustainability;
Realising the value of natural capital - next steps for natural capital accounting and finance;
Securing water as a resource - protecting water quality, natural environment and sharing the cost burden; and
Emerging regulatory priorities - for environmental protection and conservation.



Andrea Ledward, Director, Natural Environment, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

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

Alex Plant, Director of Regulation, Anglian Water

Vicki Hird, Campaign Coordinator, Sustainable Farm Campaign Coordinator, Food and Farming Policy, Sustain

Jacob Hayler CEnv , Environmental Services Association

Ian Dickie, Eftec;

Professor Selena Gray, University of the West of England and West of England Nature Partnership;

Liam Walsh, University of Cambridge

Additional senior participants are being approached.


This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the HMRC; Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; National Infrastructure Commission and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from A Rocha UK; Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Natural Environment Partnership; Forest Enterprise Scotland; NHBS; Surrey Wildlife Trust; The Campaign to Protect Rural England - Wiltshire and the University of Reading.
Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Horticulture Week and The Water Report.
Speakers and attendees will comprise a senior and informed group numbering 100, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials from Defra, BEIS, MHCLG and HM Treasury, and other relevant departments, environmental protection professionals, local authorities and representatives from Local Nature Partnerships, natural capital consultants and advisers, academics, environmental and wildlife charities, sector interest groups, together with reporters from the national and trade media.

Output and About Us

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 12 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at Defra and other government departments; other agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.
All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.
The Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition speakers and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade media.

Booking arrangements

To book places, please use the online booking form. (Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below).
You can also pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796.
Options and charges are as follows:
  • Places at Policy priorities for protecting natural capital in England: value, governance and progress on the 25 Year Environment Plan (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £230 plus VAT
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £85 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

For those unable to attend, copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 12 days after the event for £95 plus VAT

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