Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for enhancing natural capital and biodiversity in Scotland

Wednesday, 1st March 2017

Central Edinburgh

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

Peter Robson

Senior Ecologist, ScottishPower Renewables

Senior speaker confirmed from Scottish Natural Heritage

Susan Davies

Director of Conservation, Scottish Wildlife Trust

Stuart Goodall

Chief Executive, Confor: Promoting Forestry and Wood

Evan Williams

Director, Environmental and Resource Economics

Anne Gray

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

Karen Anderson

Chair, Architecture and Design Scotland

Dr Craig Rose

Founder, Seaweed & Co.