Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Natural capital in England - protection and enhancement, effective utilisation and assessing value, and next steps for policy

Morning, Thursday, 2nd April 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This conference will discuss the next steps for natural capital in England, including assessing the value of public goods.


It is timed to consider the full Environment Bill set to be released following the new government’s recent announcements - with a focus on its proposals for:

  • Improving air and water quality; and
  • Restoring and enhancing nature and green spaces.

Delegates will also an opportunity to discuss the newly released Agriculture Bill and the implications for natural capital within the farming community.


There will be keynote addresses from:

  • Edward Barker, Director, Natural Environment, Defra;
  • Andy Croxford, Deputy Director, Environment Agency;
  • Professor David Hill, Chairman, The Environment Bank;
  • Michelle Laug, Trade Relations Unit, Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG, Switzerland; and
  • Dr Jo Traill Thomson, Lead, The Landscape Pioneer, Natural England.

Further speakers include: Councillor Yvonne Constance, Oxfordshire County Council; Andrew Cook, Pegasus Group; Geraint Davies, Natural Resources Wales; Yvette de Garis, Thames Water; Professor Rosie Hails, National Trust; Caroline May, Norton Rose Fulbright and Chris White, AECOM.


The agenda

  • The current state of UK natural capital and priorities for the future;
  • Next steps for the protection of natural capital - developing new data-based frameworks, prioritising environmental net gain, and the role of businesses;
  • Examining the practical use of natural capital approaches;
  • Effective utilisation of ecosystem services - assessing societal benefit and economic value, the role of stakeholders, and the future development of environmental regulation;
  • Financing the Nature Recovery Networks;
  • Policy priorities for implementing the Environment Bill and protecting Natural Capital; and
  • Case studies on:
    • Natural capital, local delivery, and lessons learned from the Landscape Pioneer; and
    • Developing a payment system for protecting and improving the natural environment.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: Defra; the CCC; DfT; Ofwat; MHCLG; BEIS; DCMS; HMRC; and ONS.



Keynote Speakers

Edward Barker

Director, Natural Environment, Defra

Professor David Hill

Chairman, The Environment Bank

Andy Croxford

Deputy Director, Environment Agency

Keynote Speakers

Michelle Laug

Trade Relations Unit, Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG, Switzerland

Dr Jo Traill Thomson

Lead, The Landscape Pioneer, Natural England

Professor David Hill

Chairman, The Environment Bank

Andy Croxford

Deputy Director, Environment Agency

Edward Barker

Director, Natural Environment, Defra

Speakers

Geraint Davies

Hill Farmer; Board Member, Natural Resources Wales and former Wales Chair, Nature Friendly Farming Network

Andrew Cook

Executive Director, Environment, Pegasus Group

Professor Rosie Hails

Director, Nature and Science, National Trust

Yvette de Garis

Head, Environmental Engagement, Thames Water

Caroline May

Head of Environment, Health and Safety, Europe, Middle East and Asia and Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Chris White

Principal Environmental Economist, AECOM