Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Natural capital in England - protection and enhancement, assessing value, and policy development

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 following its expected reintroduction in the new parliament - with a focus on its proposals for:


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

There will be keynote addresses from: Edward Barker, Director, Natural Environment, Defra; Andy Croxford, Deputy Director, Environment Agency; Dr Jo Traill Thomson, Lead, The Landscape Pioneer, Natural England; Professor David Hill, Chairman, The Environment Bank and a senior speaker confirmed from the Swiss Federal Office of Agriculture.


Further speakers include: Councillor Yvonne Constance, Cabinet Member for Environment (including Transport), Oxfordshire County Council; Andrew Cook, Executive Director, Environment, Pegasus Group; Yvette de Garis, Head, Environmental Engagement, Thames Water; Professor Rosie Hails, Director, Nature and Science, National Trust; Caroline May, Head of Environment, Health and Safety, Europe, Middle East and Asia and Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright and Chris White, Principal Environmental Economist, AECOM.


Chair: Lord Inglewood, former Chair, Cumbria Local Nature Partnership and Chair, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.


The agenda


  • The current state of UK natural capital and priorities for the future;
  • Opportunities for developing and introducing Nature Recovery Networks;
  • 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;
  • 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.


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

Chair

Lord Inglewood

former Chair, Cumbria Local Nature Partnership and Chair, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership

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