Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for environmental policy in Scotland - natural capital, biodiversity and delivering sustainable economic growth

Wednesday, 1st March 2017

Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh, 80 High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TH

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



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.


Guest of Honour

Roseanna Cunningham MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, The Scottish Government

Guest of Honour

Roseanna Cunningham MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, The Scottish Government

Chairs

Graeme Dey MSP

Convener, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Alexander Burnett MSP

Member, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Speakers

David Balharry

Scotland Director, Rewilding Britain

Dr Mags Currie

Researcher, The James Hutton Institute

Jon Proctor

Chief Executive, Green Tourism

Andy Wells

Head of Property, Scotland Portfolio, The Crown Estate

Walter Speirs

Chair, Scottish Seaweed Industry Association

Peter Robson

Senior Ecologist, ScottishPower Renewables

Peter Rawcliffe

Unit Manager, People and Places, Scottish Natural Heritage

Marina Curran-Colthart

Local Biodiversity Officer, Argyll and Bute Council

Susan Davies

Director of Conservation, Scottish Wildlife Trust

Andrew Heald

Technical Director, Confor: Promoting Forestry and Wood

Anne Gray

Senior Policy Officer, Land Use and Environment, Scottish Land and Estates

Emma Strong

‎Sustainable Finance Associate, UK Green Investment Bank

Karen Anderson

Chair, Architecture and Design Scotland