Policy priorities for protecting natural capital in England and the role of a 25-year Environment Plan

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 09:00 to 12:00
Central London

With the Environment Secretary due to introduce a 25-year Environment Plan by the start of 2018, this seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss policy priorities for further protecting the environment and conserving natural capital.

The agenda includes keynote addresses from: Nick Barter, Deputy Director, Natural Environment Strategy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency.

Discussion will focus on measures to protect the environment, including the funding mechanisms and access to capital for new schemes; the potential impact of additional Government support such as the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund aimed at encouraging farmers and organisations to implement environmentally-friendly measures; and further options for policy.

Sessions will also bring out latest thinking on how the direction of policy fits in with the commercial use of land, the future relationship between conservation and good business practice, latest thinking on the role of the planning system in environmental protection, and challenges for developing the evidence base to inform policy decision-making with the setting up of the Natural Environment Research Council as part of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Government priorities for environmental protection as part of a new 25-year Environment Plan;
  • The future outlook for wildlife and habitat conservation post-Brexit;
  • Valuing nature and enhancing natural capital - the planning system, ecosystem services, business best practice and strategy development; and
  • Opportunities for funding and delivering environmental schemes. 

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