The Challenge for Local Authorities and Public Bodies
|Date:||Thursday 14th March 2013|
|Time:||10.15am - 4:30pm|
|Venue:||MWB - 10 Greycoat Place|
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|Hywel Lloyd, Consultant; Former Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)|
Biodiversity is the variety of all life on our planet. This includes all species of plants and animals and the natural systems that support them. It is therefore vital not just in itself, but our very own survival depends upon it.
Recognising that a healthy, well functioning natural environment is the foundation of sustained economic growth, and that society cannot flourish without the benefits and services our natural environment provides, the government is striving to put the value of nature at the heart of decision making - in government departments, local authorities, communities and businesses.
In June 2011, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) published the Natural Environment White Paper (the first on the natural environment for over 20 years), a radical vision outlining the government's plan for the next 50 years - along with practical proposals to realise these ambitions.
Building on the Natural Environment White Paper and published shortly after - 'Biodiversity 2020: A strategy for England's wildlife and ecosystem services' has at its core the objective to stop overall biodiversity loss. It also hopes to support healthy well-functioning ecosystems and establish coherent ecological networks, leaving more and better places for nature, benefitting wildlife and people alike.
Crucially, local authorities and other public bodies have an important role to play in conserving biodiversity. This was underpinned by a 'Biodiversity Duty' which was introduced by the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act.
This special symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for local authorities, environmental organisations, developers, third sector organisations and other key stakeholders to examine the government's latest policy initiatives on halting biodiversity loss for the benefit of current and future generations.
|09:30||Registration and Morning Refreshments|
|10:15||Chair’s Welcome and Introduction|
Panel Session One:
Biodiversity 2020 – The Future for Our Wildlife and Ecosystem Services
|11:15||Morning Coffee Break|
|11:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel One|
Panel Session Two:
Implementing the Biodiversity Duty – A Progress Report on Local Authorities and Public Bodies
|14:15||Afternoon Coffee Break|
|14:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel Two|
|15:30||Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments|
In October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan, over 190 countries around the world reached an historic global agreement to take urgent action to halt the loss of biodiversity. This agreement recognised just how important our wildlife and ecosystems are for sustaining a healthy planet and for delivering essential benefits for people… Biodiversity is key to the survival of life on Earth. Its loss deprives future generations of irreplaceable genetic information and compromises sustainability… This strategy provides the national framework for action to help us collectively achieve our goals. We need to work together, in partnership, to put this into practice, for the sake of England's wildlife, but also for ourselves and for future generations.
— Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, August 2011