Policy conference: biodiversity and species protection - inc. planning priorities -speaker: West of England Nature Partnership - Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum policy conference, Morning, Thursday, 21st November 2019

Event Date: 
21 Nov 2019 -
08:30 to 13:00
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Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum policy conference

Biodiversity and species protection - net gain, governance and local approaches



Tony Juniper, Chair, Natural England

Begonia Filgueira, Legal Director, Foot Anstey and Co-Chair, Brexit Task Force, United Kingdom Environmental Law Association

Professor Selena Gray, Chair, West of England Nature Partnership and Capacity Lead, CLAHRC West


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Morning, Thursday, 21st November 2019

Central London


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Note: fees apply for most delegates, but concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions - see below).


The agenda

Keynote contribution:

  • Recovering nature and protecting biodiversity - with Tony Juniper, Chair, Natural England.


Further sessions on:

  • Strategic priorities for UK biodiversity and species protection: monitoring, planning and resource allocation -

with a panel of speakers including Professor Selena Gray, Chair, West of England Nature Partnership and Capacity Lead, CLAHRC West;

  • Environmental governance post-Brexit - enforcement, collaboration and opportunities -

with Begonia Filgueira, Legal Director, Foot Anstey and Co-Chair, Brexit Task Force, United Kingdom Environmental Law Association;

  • Biodiversity and species protection - the policy landscape;
  • Emerging regulatory priorities for environmental protection;
  • Developing an agricultural system that supports and promotes biodiversity - public goods, soil quality and sustainability;
  • Driving investment in conservation and identifying key projects;  and
  • Case study - ensuring biodiversity net gain in new developments and integrating with infrastructure projects.


Evolving policy and governance context

This conference takes place against the backdrop of the UK Government committing to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 and following the publication of the Environment Bill summer policy statement - with the full Bill due to be published early in the next Parliamentary session.


Delegates will discuss the impact and workability of proposed changes - including the introduction of conservation covenants, and steps to improve the management of water - on biodiversity and species protection, and what more needs to be done on a local and national level to support biodiversity.


With the summer policy statement also committing to setting up an Office of Environmental Protection, delegates will also assess the evolving regulatory landscape and what this means for enforcement post-Brexit.


Further sessions will also examine the impact of changes proposed in the Agriculture Bill - including moves towards a system of payment for ‘public goods’ in areas such as soil, water and air quality and public access to the countryside on the protection and promotion of biodiversity.


Ensuring biodiversity net gain in new developments

With the summer policy statement also setting out plans to introduce a mandatory approach to biodiversity net gain - which will require developers to ensure a 10% increase in habitat value for wildlife compared with the pre-development baseline - attendees will assess what this means in practice for stakeholders, and what more needs to be done to address exemptions across nationally significant infrastructure projects and marine development, which remain out of scope of the Bill.


Local approaches to biodiversity and species protection

Further sessions will provide an opportunity to assess the impact of the new statutory requirement for the development of Local Nature Recovery Strategies - aimed at setting out local priorities and identifying opportunities for the local environment to be improved - and how best to monitor biodiversity gain or loss at a local level and effectively allocate resources.


The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum.




We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Tony Juniper, Chair, Natural England; and Begonia Filgueira, Legal Director, Foot Anstey and Co-Chair, Brexit Task Force, United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.


At this early stage, further speakers include Professor Selena Gray, Chair, West of England Nature Partnership and Capacity Lead, CLAHRC West.


Additional senior participants are being approached, but if you or a colleague would like to be considered as a speaker at this seminar, please contact us at speakeroffers@forumsupport.co.uk specifying the event and session where you would like to speak and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are offering to speak yourself please don’t fill in the booking form, as this will be taken as an order and you will be charged for a place subject to our T&Cs.




Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminars present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and are CPD certified (more details). Typically, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials from Defra, BEIS, MHCLG and HM Treasury, and other relevant departments, environmental protection professionals, local authorities and representatives from Local Nature Partnerships, natural capital consultants and advisers, academics, environmental and wildlife charities, sector interest groups, together with reporters from the national and trade media.



Output and About Us


A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 12 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at Defra, CCC, MHCLG, BEIS and other government departments; officials at Natural England, Environment Agency and other agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations (subject to agreement with individual speakers), speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.


All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.


The Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition speakers and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade media.


Booking arrangements


To book places, please use our online booking form.


Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.


Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.


Options and charges are as follows:

  • Places at Biodiversity and species protection - net gain, governance and local approaches (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £230 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £85 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.


For those who cannot attend:

  • Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 12 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.


If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let me know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities - not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).