Biodiversity is the variety of all life on Earth. This includes all species of plants and animals and the natural systems that support them. Consequently, biodiversity is important for its own sake, but also because human survival depends upon it. It contributes to our economy, our health and wellbeing, and it enriches our lives.
This timely symposium provides an excellent opportunity for local authorities, environmental organisations, developers, third sector organisations and other key stakeholders to examine the latest developments on achieving the biodiversity targets and assess the initiatives and programmes designed to promote biodiversity and conservation, as well as providing the opportunity to discuss the next steps to halt biodiversity loss in the future.
- Review the Biodiversity 2020 strategy, examine the lastest indicators and measure progress towards achieving the strategic goals
- Explore the economic benefit of protecting and preventing biodiversity loss
- Consider ways that businesses can effectively integrate biodiversity into their practices to halt loss
- Examine the impact of the New Environmental Land Management Scheme on promoting and protecting biodiversity
- Have the opportunity to discuss the impact of missing the Biodiversity 2020 targets and the next steps for the future of promoting biodiversity in the UK
- Explore ways to increase public awareness of the impact of biodiversity loss and increase engagement in conservation projects
- Gain insights into ways to encourage increased integration and collaboration between public bodies at the local level and focusing on implementing the biodiversity duty
- Assess the role and responsibility of Local Delivery Partnerships and Nature Improvement Areas in achieving the strategic goals and halting biodiversity loss
- Share best practice and interact with colleagues on the progress, successes and challenges of promoting and protecting biodiversity at the national and local levels