Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Policy priorities for protecting natural capital in England: value, governance and progress on the 25 Year Environment Plan

Morning, Tuesday, 12th March 2019

Central London


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.

Following the Government’s recently introduced Agriculture Bill, delegates will discuss its recommendations for a new land management system after the UK leaves the Common Agriculture Policy - assessing key priorities for developing a future payment framework for farmers and land managers, how moves towards a system of payment for ‘public goods’ might be integrated, and how the challenges for delivering a “Green Brexit” might be overcome.

One year on from publication of the 25 Year Environment Plan, attendees will also consider progress on its key objectives and in the context of broader environmental initiatives - evaluating opportunities for accelerating economic growth while safeguarding natural heritage, as well as the recently closed consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance and its recommendation for an environmental watchdog, and the challenges around implementation and enforcement. 

Further sessions will consider the role of natural capital accounting, strategies for the use of natural capital resources like trees, water and livestock, opportunities available for better resource use in industry, and the balance of responsibilities for maintaining environmental quality.

Guest of Honour

Andrea Ledward

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

Guest of Honour

Andrea Ledward

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

Keynote Speakers

Sir William Worsley

Chairman, National Forest Company and Tree Champion, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Dr Stephanie Wray

Chairman, Biocensus


Jacob Hayler

Executive Director, Environmental Services Association

Liam Walsh

Programme Manager, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge

Professor Selena Gray

Professor of Public Health, University of the West of England and Chair, West of England Nature Partnership

Vicki Hird

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

Alex Plant

Director of Regulation, Anglian Water

Jill Crawford

Convenor, Environmental Litigation Working Party, UK Environmental Law Association, Associate Solicitor, BLM

Dr Gillian Pratt

Deputy Director, Future Regulation, Environment Agency

Ian Dickie

Director, Eftec