Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Priorities for climate change in the UK: the National Adaptation Programme and next steps for policy and practice

Morning, Thursday, 15th November 2018

Central London


This seminar will provide a timely opportunity for delegates to assess the key priorities for policy and the recommendations from the Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Committee - as it examines progress on the National Adaptation Programme (NAP).

Discussion will focus on how the new guidance on the NAP might impact major stakeholders and interest groups - including those in agriculture, natural habitats and conservation, policymaking and industry - as well as emerging challenges and areas of responsibility.

At a pivotal point in the Brexit process, delegates will also discuss questions over international environmental relationships and the UK policy framework, the implications of changes to international trade and supply chains, and potential commercial and environmental opportunities for the UK going forward.

Further sessions will bring out latest thinking on priorities for enabling resilience across major sectors, looking at the roles of businesses and their advisors, local government, environmental interests, and finance and infrastructure groups in enhancing adaptation preparedness - as well as ways to improve collaboration between stakeholders and policymakers, and the policy guidance provided for meeting the objectives of the 25 Year Environment Plan.

Guest of Honour

Baroness Brown of Cambridge

Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, Committee on Climate Change

Guest of Honour

Baroness Brown of Cambridge

Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, Committee on Climate Change

Keynote Speaker

Shirley Trundle

Director, Natural Environment Policy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


Guy Smith

Deputy President, National Farmers’ Union

Liz Parkes

Deputy Director, Climate Change and Business Services, Environment Agency

Professor Paul Leinster

Professor of Environmental Assessment, Cranfield University

Dr Alison Holt

Director, Natural Capital Solutions

Robert Fell

Chief Executive, British Metals Recycling Association

Patrick Begg

Outdoors and Natural Resources Director, National Trust