"Reducing Risks - ecosystems and human well-being.

Workshop on Ecosystems, Public Health and Economic Development

7th-9th February 2011, Plas Tan y Bwlch training centre, Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Reducing Risks workshop in Snowdonia this year. The feedback from the meeting has been excellent, and we are looking forqard to building on this workshop and providing further training opportunities in the UK later this year.

Particular thanks are due to Julia Korn at CCW for pulling the event together, and to Beth Cluer and staff at Plas Tan y Bwlch for their support and for looking after everyone so well. Thank you also to the speakers who travelled from all over the UK to participate, and to Natural England, the Welsh Assmbly Government and the Scottish Government for their support.

Copies of presentations will be posted here shortly.

For further information on the course or for details of future training opportunitie, please contact the Secretariat.



Monday 7th February

Chair: Julia Korn Countryside Council for Wales (CCW)

14:00 Introduction – Julia Korn Countryside (CCW)

14:10 What do we mean by ‘Reducing risks – Ecosystems and Well Being’ – Presentation/discussion -  Conor Kretsch (COHAB)

15:00 Tea/Coffee

15:30 The National Ecosystem Assessment – broadening the approach to biodiversity and ecosystem conservation - Shaun Russell Wales Research Environment Hub

16:00 Natural Environment Framework – Steve Jackson Welsh Assembly Government

16:15 England White Paper –DEFRA speaker tbc

16:30  Scotland Update – Gareth Heaviside Scottish Government

16:45 Northern Ireland – Dept of Environment Northern Ireland (speaker tbc)

17:00  Questions

17:15 Finish


20:00 – Evening Session : Community engagement – using Wetlands as an Example - Peter Jones Wales Wetland Ecosystem Chair


Tuesday 8th February

Chair: Julia Korn CCW

09:00 Introduction: Julia Korn CCW

09:10 Human health and biodiversity – Dave Stone Natural England

09:45  Biodiversity/Ecosystems and Health – a UK Toolkit  Conor Kretsch  COHAB

10:15 Questions

10:30 Tea /Coffee

11:00 Case Study 1: Green care – the social, psychological and physical health benefits of biodiversity  Dr. Fiona Williams, Institute of Rural Health (Wales)

11:30 Case  Study 2:  Linking ecosystem, wildlife and human health - Piran White, University of York

12:00 Questions from the morning session

12:30 Lunch and a chance to look around the gardens


14:00 Strategic Assessments – building biodiversity/ecosystems into policy – Conor Kretsch, COHAB

14:30 Spatial Planning – Multi Functional Approach to Land-use Planning – Mike Oxford, Association of Local Government Ecologists

15:00 Sustainable Drainage – from theory to practice - Gary Grant, Eco schemes

15:30 Tea/Coffee

16:00 Panel Discussion - speakers from the day and led by Julia Korn, CCW

Evening Session – Is healthcare sustainable? Pharmaceuticals in the UK environment and implications for ecosystem health – Dr. Alistair Boxall, University of York 


Wednesday 9th February

Chair: Julia Korn CCW

09:00 Joined up approach to addressing Climate change and Biodiversity loss  - Clive Walmsley, Countryside Council for Wales

09:30 Land use Futures – challenges for land use planning -  Mark Tewdwr-Jones, University College London

10:00 Urban Green infrastructure - Pete Fros,t CCW

10:30 tea/Coffee

11:00 Case Study 1 Sustainable Catchment Management Project – Rob Cunningham, RSPB tbc

11:30 Case Study 2Alder Hey Health Park / NHS Forest -  Keith Jones, Forestry Commission

11:50 Questions: (speakers from the morning and led by Julia Korn, CCW)


12:15 Lunch


The economic value of biodiversity and ecosystems

13:15 Valuing Biodiversity -  TEEB  - DEFRA speaker tbc

13:45 Case Study 1: Accounting for environmental externalities – Trucost (speaker tbc).

14:10 Case Study 2:  Valuing our Life Support Systems – Natural Capital Initiative (speaker tbc)

14:35 Case Study 3: CEMEX/RSPB an example of a NGO/Private sector partnership  Sam Tarrant RSPB

15:00 Panel discussion: (speakers from the afternoon and led by Julia Korn CCW)


15:30 Tea /coffee and finish











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