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Natural capital protection and restoration in England - next steps for policy, regulation, land management, ecosystem services, and nature-based solutions

Morning, Thursday, 24th February 2022

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine the next steps for policy on natural capital protection and restoration in England.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from: Guy Horsington, Deputy Director, Environment Strategy and the 25 Year Environment Plan, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and Tony Juniper, Chair, Natural England.

It will be an opportunity for delegates to assess priorities for natural capital protection in the context of relevant developments such as the Dasgupta Review, the introduction of Environmental Land Management schemes, and measures outlined in the Environment Bill - as well as to look at progress and next steps for the Government’s commitments in the 25 Year Environment Plan.

Sessions in the agenda will look at:

  • natural capital resilience and protection in England - and opportunities for tying economic recovery to nature-led growth
  • regulation for natural capital and resource protection targets - enforcement powers, accountability, and implementing Dasgupta Review priorities
  • ecosystem services and the use of natural capital accounting
  • reform to land management systems in England - policy options for habitat and species protection, landscape recovery, and tackling barriers to public goods provisions
  • the future of nature-based solutions for climate change and delivering locally-led projects
  • long-term policy for natural capital and species protection and aligning with objectives of the 25 Year Environment Plan


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from Defra; DAERA, NI; the Department for Transport; the Department for Finance, NI; Northern Ireland Environment Agency; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Friends of Carrington Moss; Logika Consultants; Roslin Institute; University of Bristol; and University of Leeds.

A press pass has been reserved by a representative from BBC Countryfile.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with environmental groups and consultancies, conservation groups, science centres, park and garden authorities, agriculture firms, utilities providers, resource and planning groups, local government, as well as researchers in academia and higher education, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Tony Juniper

Chair, Natural England

Guy Horsington

Deputy Director, Environment Strategy and the 25 Year Environment Plan, Defra


Barry Gardiner MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Groups for Nature and Conservation; Vice President for Europe, Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment; and Director, The Climate Parliament


Bess Joffe

Head of Responsible Investment, Church Commissioners for England

Richard Bramley

Chair, NFU Environmental Forum, National Farmers Union

Kevin Kennedy

Partner, Burges Salmon

Dimitri Zenghelis

Special Advisor, Bennett Institute, University of Cambridge; and Senior Visiting Fellow, Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics

Molly Biddell

Policy Analyst, Rural Research, Savills

Professor Nathalie Seddon

Director, Nature-based Solutions Initiative, University of Oxford

Dr Paul Leinster

Chair, Water Resources East; Chair, Bedfordshire Local Nature Partnership; and Chair, bpha Housing Association

Neil Hodges

Chair, National Biodiversity Network