Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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


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.

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