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Next steps for biodiversity and species protection in the UK - policy developments, local and key sector approaches to environmental stewardship, and priorities for the OEP

Morning, Thursday, 9th July 2020


This conference focuses on the next steps for restoring and protecting biodiversity in the UK.

Delegates will assess priorities for the Government in rolling out its policy programme for environmental protection, looking at the impact of measures to protect the natural environment across the UK, including:

Areas for discussion include:

  • Local Nature Recovery Strategies - looking at monitoring, resource allocation collaboration and engagement with businesses and communities;
  • The potential impact of a new environmental land management proposals being put forward in the Agriculture Bill;
  • Major programmes proposed by the CCC - in tree planting, peat restoration, and reforms to agricultural practices and consumer consumption habits;
  • Incentives and mandatory approaches to net gain implementation; and
  • The role of the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP).

Speakers and chair

We are pleased to include keynote addresses from:

  • Professor David Hill CBE, Chairman, Environment Bank, and Commissioner, Food Farming and Countryside Commission;
  • Tony Juniper, Chair, Natural England;
  • Professor Maria Lee, Professor of Law, University College London, and Co-Director, Centre for Law and the Environment; and
  • a senior speaker confirmed from Defra.

Further speakers include: Caroline Drummond, LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming); Harry Greenfield, CLA; Dr Caroline Jessel, Kent Nature Partnership; Alec Taylor, WWF UK; and Tom Hunt, Association of Local Environmental Records Centres.

Laura Farris MP, Vice-chair, Environment All-Party Parliamentary Group, has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

The agenda

  • Biodiversity and species protection - the Environment Bill and wider policy landscape;
  • Local approaches to environmental protection: Local Nature Recovery Strategies, monitoring biodiversity and promoting species protection;
  • Incorporating biodiversity net gain within the planning system;
  • Emerging regulatory issues for the Office for Environmental Protection;
  • Priorities for ensuring biodiversity and species protection across key sectors; and
  • Next steps for ecological restoration and protecting biodiversity.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: Defra; MHCLG; HM Treasury; BEIS; the National Audit Office and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speaker

Tony Juniper

Chair, Natural England

Keynote Speakers

Professor Maria Lee

Professor of Law, University College London, and Co-Director, Centre for Law and the Environment

Senior speaker confirmed from Defra

Professor David Hill CBE

Chairman, Environment Bank, and Commissioner, Food Farming and Countryside Commission

Tony Juniper

Chair, Natural England


Laura Farris MP

Vice-chair, Environment All-Party Parliamentary Group


Tom Hunt

National Coordinator, Association of Local Environmental Records Centres

Harry Greenfield

Senior Land Use Policy Adviser, CLA

Alec Taylor

Head of Ocean Policy, WWF UK

Caroline Drummond

Chief Executive, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming)

Dr Caroline Jessel

Chair, Kent Nature Partnership

Dr Carol Williams

Director of Conservation, Bat Conservation Trust