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Westminster Briefing

The Natural Environment White Paper: Protecting our biodiversity

Start Date:12 Jul 11 

Date: Tuesday 12 July 2011
Time: 10.40am–3.15pm
Venue: Westminster, London
Cost: £225 per place, £175 for two or more places, £165 third sector and charity rate

The context
Following an unprecedented response to its recent consultation paper, the government will shortly publish the first natural environment white paper in over 20 years. This will aim to change the way we view and manage the natural environment to ensure we properly value the services it provides to society and the wider economy. With a commitment to being "the greenest government ever", will the white paper create a new strategic framework and how much of an impact will it have in protecting our biodiversity?

The issues
Engaging with the panel, key issues to be addressed at this policy and practice briefing include:

• What does the white paper mean for the key stakeholders who will help deliver it?
• What funding resources will be available to help deliver the white paper?
• What is included in the white paper to ensure biodiversity conservation?
• How does the white paper fit into a wider strategy? Is it cross-departmental in nature?
• Does the white paper have the potential to simplify the regulatory framework?
• The natural environment and economic growth
• The necessity of behavioural and lifestyle changes

Objectives and outcomes
The morning of this policy and practice briefing will provide delegates a forum to be informed on and discuss the natural environment white paper, including its wider impact on local authorities, society, businesses and government strategy. The session will also investigate the potential consequences and opportunities for stakeholders.

The afternoon will investigate grass roots, local authority and business perspectives in delivering the key requirements of the white paper. Delegates will gain ideas and insights to take back to their organisations and roles.

Who should attend?
Delegates will be drawn from DEFRA, Environment Agency, local authorities (including local authority strategic directors, environment boards, environmental officers, biodiversity officers, planning committees and planning officers), biodiversity forums, Biodiversity Action Partnerships, Royal Parks, National Parks, The Wildlife Trusts, NGOs and charities, heavy industry and businesses, trade associations, green groups, flood defence contacts, tourism offices, chambers of commerce, conservationists, academia, and anyone who has an interest in the natural environment.

If you register before the end of May 18, you can take advantage of a 15% discount. Please download the booking form and return it to Matt.

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