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Next steps for enhancing natural capital and biodiversity in Scotland

Conference
1 March 2017
venue in central Edinburgh TBC
for policymakers and stakeholders
Craigiebuckler pond (c) James Hutton Institute

With the latest Progress Report on the Scottish Government’s Biodiversity Strategy expected to be published in early 2017, this seminar will provide a timely opportunity for policymakers and other key stakeholders to consider the future policy priorities for biodiversity and natural capital.

Delegates will discuss the findings of the report and the next steps for reversing the decline of biodiversity in Scotland, including how local authorities can best engage with other stakeholders - such as conservation groups and landowners - when drafting Local Biodiversity Action Plans.

Further sessions will examine both how Scotland can use its natural capital to promote sustainable economic growth, in advance of the devolution of powers over forestry and the Crown Estate to the Scottish Government, and priorities for developing the wider benefits of natural capital in terms of health and wellbeing, placemaking and community engagement.

Those taking part will include members of the Scottish Government and Parliament together with a range of key stakeholders including local authorities, landowners, conservation and environmental groups, academics, lawyers and the wider business community.

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, The Scottish Government has agreed to deliver a keynote address. The following speakers will take part in the programme:

  • Karen Anderson, Chair, Architecture and Design Scotland 
  • David Balharry, Scotland Director, Rewilding Britain 
  • Dr Mags Currie, Researcher, James Hutton Institute
  • Susan Davies, Director of Conservation, Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Anne Gray, Senior Policy Officer, Land Use and Environment, Scottish Land and Estates
  • Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive, Confor: Promoting Forestry and Wood 
  • Jon Proctor, Chief Executive, Green Tourism 
  • Dr Craig Rose, Founder, Seaweed & Co.
  • Andy Wells, Head of Property, Scotland Portfolio, The Crown Estate
  • Evan Williams, Director, Environmental and Resource Economics

Alexander Burnett MSP, Member, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

To book, please visit the event page on the Scotland Policy Conferences website.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.