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Next steps for biodiversity and wildlife protection in England

Morning, Wednesday, 15th June 2022

This conference will examine the key priorities and next steps for biodiversity, wildlife protection and ecological restoration in England - as well as practicalities if Government targets are to be met for restoration of wildlife habitat and halting species decline.

It will be a timely opportunity to examine the issues against the backdrop of a raft of policy developments, with areas of discussion including:

  • the Nature Recovery Green Paper - priorities for its expected publication
  • Biodiversity Net Gain - how will it work in practice
  • the Landscapes Review - with government considering its response
  • Local Nature Recovery Strategies - looking at next steps for development

It also takes place in the context of wider policy developments including the Environment Act, the Agriculture Act and the Government’s commitment to review and refresh the 25 Year Environment Plan.

Sessions look at environmental land management, including the Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes alongside the Sustainable Farming Incentive and moves towards making space for nature in the farmed landscape, changes to land use and habitat restoration.

The agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:

  • biodiversity and wildlife protection: targets for tackling species decline ◦ wildlife habitat restoration ◦ the planned Nature Recovery Green Paper
  • environmental land management: assessing government ambitions ◦ practicalities and challenges ◦ opportunities ◦ potential impact ◦ developing best practice
  • biodiversity and species protection targets: Biodiversity Net Gain in practice ◦ integration with planning and wider policy, including the Government’s 5 Environmental Principles
  • local initiatives: latest developments ◦ learning from the Local Nature Recovery Strategies pilots ◦ coordination with other local plans and spatial strategies

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Tony Juniper, Chair, Natural England; and Edward Barker, Director, Natural Environment, Trees & Landscapes, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from Defra; Ofwat; NIEA; BEIS; the DfT; ORR; the Planning Inspectorate; DAERA, NI; Department for Infrastructure, NI; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament.

Keynote Speaker

Tony Juniper

Chair, Natural England

Keynote Speakers

Tony Juniper

Chair, Natural England

Edward Barker

Director, Natural Environment, Trees & Landscapes, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


Baroness Jones of Whitchurch

Shadow Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle

former Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales


David Exwood

Vice President, National Farmers Union

Peter Miller

Environment Director, HS2

Sarah-Jane Chimbwandira

Chief Executive Officer, Surrey Wildlife Trust

Aidan Thomson

Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Teresa Dent

Chief Executive, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

Sally Hayns

Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management

Rich Stockdale

Managing Director, Oxygen Conservation

Samuel Evans

Head of Natural Environment, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Roland Bull

Partner, Head of Rural Investment, Bidwells

Professor Kevin Gaston

Professor of Biodiversity & Conservation, University of Exeter

Sophie Broadfield

Director of Sustainable Communities, Bath and North East Somerset Council