Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum (Online)
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Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum (Online)

Natural Capital in England - protection and enhancement, assessing value, and policy development

When: Thursday, 2 April 2020
9am - 1pm

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This conference will discuss the next steps for natural capital in England, including assessing the value of public goods.

It is timed to consider the full Environment Bill following its expected reintroduction in the new parliament - with a focus on its proposals for:

  • Improving air and water quality; and
  • Restoring and enhancing nature and green spaces.

There will be keynote addresses from: Edward Barker, Director, Natural Environment, Defra; Andy Croxford, Deputy Director, Environment Agency; Dr Jo Traill Thomson, Lead, The Landscape Pioneer, Natural EnglandProfessor David Hill, Chairman, The Environment Bank and a senior speaker confirmed from the Swiss Federal Office of Agriculture.

Further speakers include: Councillor Yvonne Constance, Cabinet Member for Environment (including Transport), Oxfordshire County Council; Andrew Cook, Executive Director, Environment, Pegasus Group; Yvette de Garis, Head, Environmental Engagement, Thames Water; Professor Rosie Hails, Director, Nature and Science, National Trust; Caroline May, Head of Environment, Health and Safety, Europe, Middle East and Asia and Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright and Chris White, Principal Environmental Economist, AECOM.

Chair: Lord Inglewood, former Chair, Cumbria Local Nature Partnership and Chair, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

The agenda

  • The current state of UK natural capital and priorities for the future;
  • Opportunities for developing and introducing Nature Recovery Networks;
  • Next steps for the protection of natural capital - developing new data-based frameworks, prioritising environmental net gain, and the role of businesses;
  • Examining the practical use of natural capital approaches;
  • Effective utilisation of ecosystem services - assessing societal benefit and economic value, the role of stakeholders, and the future development of environmental regulation;
  • Policy priorities for implementing the Environment Bill and protecting Natural Capital; and 

Case studies on:

  • Natural capital, local delivery and lessons learned from the Landscape Pioneer; and
  • Developing a payment system for protecting and improving the natural environment.




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