Delivering sustainable water and land management

CIWEM invites you to attend our conference on delivering sustainable water and land management!

Developing sustainable approaches to environmental recovery through integrated land and water management has never been so vital. The UK Government’s 25-year environment plan sets out ambitious goals for improving the environment within a generation and leaving it in a better state than we found it. With the pressure to tackle climate change and protect the environment at the top of national and global agendas, the need for integrated, multi-partner management is gaining traction.

Yet what would an effective governance structure for this new integrated approach look like?

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is developing a new outcomes-focused Environmental Land Management Scheme which is set to transform the way the UK manages its landscape. Prioritising environmental services alongside agricultural productivity, issues such as soil health, flood risk management and biodiversity recovery will need to be managed in a more integrated way, involving a diverse range of stakeholders from farmers to business owners. Meanwhile, the EU Water Framework Directive is driving innovative approaches and transforming the way we manage water across the country. Water and land challenges are increasingly tackled together.

Against a backdrop of Brexit, how can we ensure that enough funding is in place to deliver this ambitious agenda? And are we on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals that commit us to deliver clean water and sanitation, and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems by 2030?

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Morning Session

09:00 - 09:30 | Registration and coffee

09:30 – 09:45| Welcome remarks

09:45 – 10:45 | Armchair discussion and Q&A | The future of environmental land management: policy challenges and opportunities

Terry Fuller | Moderator | CEO, CIWEM

Stuart Roberts | Vice-President, National Farmers Union

Vicki Hird | Sustainable Farming Campaign Coordinator, Sustain

Damian Crilly | Manager, Strategic Catchment Partnerships, Environment Agency

10:45 – 11:15 | Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45 | Panel discussion | Delivering the 25-year environment plan

Damian Crilly | Moderator | Manager, Strategic Catchment Partnerships, Environment Agency

Sarah Anderton | Policy Advisor, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

Ashley Holt | Head of River Basin Planning and Funding, Water Quality Team, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Dr Laurence Couldrick | CEO, Westcountry Rivers Trust

Refreshment and networking

12:45 - 14:00

Afternoon Session

14:00 – 15:15| Panel discussion and Q&A | Innovations in environmental management

Sarah Anderton | Moderator | Policy Advisor, CIWEM

Chris Uttley | Senior Advisor, Integrated Outcomes Team, Environment Agency

Prof Alastair Driver | Director, Rewilding Britain

Angela Jones | Executive Director, Economy and Infrastructure, Cumbria County Council

15:15 – 15:30 | Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:45 | Panel discussion and Q&A | View from the private sector

Ashley Holt | Moderator | Head of River Basin Planning and Funding, Water Quality Team, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Gudrun Cartwright | Environment Director Business in the Community

David Baxter | Head of Natural Economy, Eumonia

16:45 – 17:00 | Closing keynote speech | Environmental management post-Brexit

Isabella Gornall | Managing Director, Seahorse Environmental Communciations

17:00 – 17:15 | Q&A moderated | Terry Fuller, Chief Executive, CIWEM

17:15 – 17:20 | Closing remarks

17:20 – 18:30 | Networking reception

Booking information

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