Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for protecting natural capital in England: value, governance and assessing policy developments

Morning, Tuesday, 12th March 2019

Central London


This conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss next steps for protecting the UK’s natural capital, and assess a range of developments in environmental policy.

Delegates will discuss the Agriculture Bill, and its proposals 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.

The seminar follows the recent Committee on Climate Change report on land use, which looks at the policy and reform required to meet climate change objectives, and with government consulting on making biodiversity net gain a criterion when considering planning permission.

It also takes place with the recent publication of Waste Strategy for England which puts natural capital as a new indicator for monitoring progress in reducing waste.

Attendees will also consider progress on meeting key objectives of the 25 Year Environment Plan in the year since its publication and in the context of broader environmental initiatives.

They will assess opportunities for boosting economic growth while safeguarding natural heritage, and accelerating tree planting in woodland and urban areas.

We also expect discussion on the Government’s Environmental Principles and Governance Bill as the Government considers responses to it consultation on proposals, including the 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


Rebecca Pow MP

Barry Gardiner MP

Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change


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, Food and Farming Policy, Sustain

Alex Plant

Director of Regulation, Anglian Water

Jill Crawford

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

Adam Dutton

Head of Natural Capital Accounts, Office for National Statistics

Dr Gillian Pratt

Deputy Director, Future Regulation, Environment Agency

Ian Dickie

Director, Eftec