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Series 6: Biodiversity - A World Environment Day Special

In celebration of this year's World Environment Day theme, the sixth series of Webinars@SocEnv had the umbrella topic of "Biodiversity". Taking place during the week commencing the 1st June, three individual webinars for this series provided cross-disciplinary knowledge transfer opportunities for environmental professionals and beyond. The series was developed and supported by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). 

Each year, World Environment Day provides a platform for global education and inspiration, encouraging the general public to engage with a pressing environmental issue. ‘Biodiversity’ has been chosen by the UN as this year’s theme.

To help environmental professionals engage with the issue and share good practice, w established this series of webinars. During the three-part series, we heard from Chartered Environmentalists from across sectors on topics such as Biodiversity Net Gain and what organisations are doing to protect and enhance biodiversity. 

While our CEnv speakers and those linked with their work are specialists in their field, they provide the perspectives from different sectors, which makes for an interesting debate. Each webinar included a Q&A - with the opportunity for delegates to submit questions prior to and during the webinar itself. 

The recordings for this series are available to watch back via the links below! 


Part 1


Biodiversity Net Gain: Good Practice Principles For Development 

Biodiversity Net Gain has been defined as 'an approach to development that leaves biodiversity in a better state than before'. Its importance is only growing given that Biodiversity Net Gain is proposed as mandatory under the UK's new Environment Bill. 

As Principal Co-ordinating Author of the 'Biodiversity Net Gain: Good practice principles for development' guidance document (developed collaboratively by CIEEM, IEMA and CIRIA), in this webinar Julia will outline the key principles in good practice for achieving Biodiversity Net Gain. 

By Julia Baker CEnv, Biodiversity Technical Specialist at Balfour Beatty


Part 2


Biodiversity In Practice: What Environmental Professionals Are Doing to Enhance their Environment

Get inspired on what you can do to improve biodiversity in your area. Hear three organisations explain what actions they have taken to enhance biodiversity, followed by panel discussion.


A Panel Webinar Featuring Insight from Anglian Water, Arup and Canary Wharf Group and Chaired by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)


Part 3


Engaging the Public on Biodiversity - Behaviour Change & Community Empowerment 

How can we drive awareness and action for nature and biodiversity?
Gain insight into Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust's approach to public engagement, which focuses on behaviour change and community empowerment and overcoming issues such as ecophobia and eco-anxiety; going beyond the traditional educational approach of the environmental sector.


Featuring insight from Becky Fisher of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

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