Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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


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 currently being introduced to parliament - with a focus on its proposals for:

  • improving air and water quality; and
  • restoring and enhancing nature and green spaces.

For delegates, it will also be an opportunity to discuss the Agriculture Bill - which recently passed its second reading in the House of Commons - 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;
  • Dr Jo Traill Thomson, Lead, The Landscape Pioneer, Natural England; and
  • Professor Kathy Willis, Member, Natural Capital Committee, and Head, Oxford Long-term Ecology Laboratory, University of Oxford.

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: the Defra; the CCC; DfT; the ORR; Ofwat; BEIS; MHCLG; HMRC; Crown Commercial Services; DCMS; DFID; and the ONS.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates