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UK Biodiversity Partnership Conference 2010: New Targets, New Challenges.

23 and 24 November 2010, Stirling Management Centre

Provisional Programme

Theme: There are new targets for biodiversity at UN and EU levels. This conference is an early opportunity for the UK biodiversity partnership to discuss our response to these targets. The targets will move from a primary focus on preventing loss of species to an equal focus on ecosystem services. These new targets bring new opportunities and new challenges.

23 November

Morning Session

10.30 - 12.30

Field visits to

1. Wester Ross and Fallin Bing, Fallin

2. Mine Wood, Bridge of Allan

12.30-2pm Lunch

Afternoon - Opening session (2-3:15)

2 - 2.10 Introduction from Chair (John Robbs, Defra)

2.10-2.25 Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Minister for Environment - Opening address

International perspective on new targets

2.25-2.40 Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State for Environment - Reflections on Nagoya (By video address)

2.40 - 3 The Message from Nagoya (Martin Brasher, Defra)

3-3.20 Europe - new targets and development of Strategic Plan (Andy Stott, Defra)

3.20-3.30 Questions

3.30-4.00 Coffee Break

Afternoon - Workshop Sessions (4-5pm)

Break out sessions on a variety of subjects focused on the UK response to the new targets:

How can the biodiversity community address the drivers of loss?

(Dr Andrea Graham, NFU)

  1. Can localism work for or against addressing biodiversity loss?
  2. How do we engage with the unengaged?
  3. How do we pay for biodiversity in the future?

The Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) is an industry initiative which was established to address the loss of environmental benefits formerly provided by set-aside in England. One year on, the Campaign has reflected on the many lessons learnt when rolling out such an ambitious initiative to engage with farmers, land managers and landowners at a national scale. This session looks at some of the emerging challenges we've faced over the past year and how these relate to addressing the wider issue of biodiversity loss in the future.

Biodiversity faces multiple threats - habitat loss, climate change, pollution and many more. But what are we doing to address these? Where should we be targeting our efforts?

Indicators of ecosystem health

(Claire Brown, UN-WCMC and Karen Haysom, Bat Conservation Trust)

As well as protecting biodiversity we also need to protect the ecosystems that they form. Healthy ecosystems are more resilient and able to adapt to the pressures of climate change. But how do we measure the health of an ecosystem? How do we identify indicators of ecosystem health and how do we monitor them?

EU Biodiversity Strategy sub-targets - what role can the UK Partnership play?

(Andy Stott, Defra and Charles Stewart Roper, Scottish Government)

The EU continues to develop it's Biodiversity Strategy and this will be informed by the outcomes of Nagoya. How can we prepare ourselves to react to the strategy when it is complete?

Valuation : Economics, Natural Capital and Offsets

(Sandra Dandie, Scottish Government and Salman Hussain, Scottish Agricultural College)

Valuation is increasingly influential in biodiversity and ecosystem conservation. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) has outlined the economic consequences of failing to act to halt biodiversity loss. But how can we best use these economic arguments to influence behaviour on the ground? Are biodiversity offsets the answer?

Green infrastructure

(Phil Baarda, SNH and Scott Ferguson, SNH)

The forthcoming EU biodiversity strategy places great importance in creating better connectivity and reducing habitat fragmentation, and emphasises the role of green infrastructure in integrating biodiversity into spatial planning and social/economic considerations. This workshop looks at how this aspiration could be realised on the ground, in particular:

·the role of green infrastructure in future land use planning

·how green infrastructure planning can deliver these aspirations

·what needs to change to support delivery of good green infrastructure outputs on the ground

5-5.20 pm Plenary feed back and discussion

Evening Session (5.20-9pm)

5.20-7pm Exchange fair/surgeries/poster session

7pm Conference Dinner - speaker (20/20 vision)

24 November

Morning Session

Analytical/ research - the foundation of a policy response

9.30- 9.35 Introduction from Chair (Ian Bainbridge, SNH)

9.35-10 IPBES - Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (Andy Stott)

10-10.25 Emerging results from the NEA - current state of ecosystem health and challenges (Steve Albon, NEA)

10.25-10.50 IUCN Peatland Programme - Peatland Restoration; Delivering Ecosytem Service Benefits (Clifton Bain, Director IUCN the Peatland Programme)

10.50-11 Questions and Answers

11 - 11.30 Coffee Break

Second Session

Towards a UK response

11.30-11.35 Introduction from Chair (Ian Hooper, Scottish Government)

11.35-12.35 Update on delivery and policy across UK (representatives from each of the nations)

12.35-12.50 Questions and Answers

12.50-1 Sum up and close

1 - 2 Lunch break

Afternoon Workshops 2-3pm

How can the biodiversity community secure wider engagement at the local level?

(Paul Walton, RSPB)

To deliver effective biodiversity conservation we need to utilise the power of communities. We need to empower them to protect and enhance their local environments and realise the benefits this brings them. But how do we do this? How can we channel community efforts in the best way?

Practical management for ecosystem services

(Davy McCracken, Scottish Agricultural College)

Traditional conservation practice has focussed on management for habitats and species but there is now an increasing emphasis on taking the ecosystem approach and hence managing for multiple ecosystem services. This requires an increasing emphasis on integrated management applied at the landscape scale. However, often we don't have complete knowledge or understanding of all the linkages between the different ecosystem services associated with any given situation. This means that the management implemented generally needs to be adaptive in order to respond to such uncertainties and take into account lessons learned throughout the implementation process. Implementation at the relevant landscape scale will usually also mean having to integrate management practices across a number of individual land-managers. What does this mean at a practical level on the ground? How does our thinking and management practice need to change?

This short workshop will seek to (a) identify a number of issues which attendees feed need to be taken into consideration and (b) discuss some of these issues in more detail and consider what needs to be done to address these issues effectively. Each attendee should therefore come to the workshop prepared to offer their thoughts on:

·What do you consider to be the one major limitation to implementing management for ecosystem services at a practical level on the ground?

·Why do you consider this to be a major issue?

·What do you think needs to be done to address this issue?

Landscape management in reaction to climate change projections

(Elli Carlisle, SNH and Peter Brotherton, NE)

Climate Change projections highlight the way we expect our climate to change over the coming decades. Our landscapes will change but how and what does this mean for the way we manage our land?

Using the NBN to drive effective ecological management

(Jim Munford, NBN)

The workshop will explore how the NBN can be used to assist and improve ecological management at all scales. In particular the workshop will examine new approaches to ecological management, whether it is the ecosystem approach, or environmental (off-set) banking, and the data requirements that arise.

The workshop will address ( at least) three questions:

  • How are data currently used within ecological management, is this likely to change?
  • Does the NBN service these needs?
  • How can the NBN and the data it supplies be tailored to meet the identified needs?

Placemaking and biodiversity/Green Infrastructure in urban areas.

(Jonny Hughes, SWT and Ed Taylor, Princes Foundation)

Green spaces are fundamental to our sense of place and identity and are particularly significant in urban areas. How can we best manage and utilise our urban spaces to the benefit of biodiversity and the communities that use them.