U.K. Biodiversity Duty - Training Course on Ecosystems, Public Health and Economic Development

12th-14th October 2009, Plas Tan y Bwlch training centre, Snowdonia National Park, Wales

In the United Kingdom, the 2006 Natural Environment and Rural Communites Act places a duty upon public authorities to take account of the impacts which the normal exercise of their functions may have on biodiversity. This applies to all public authorities  - including county and city councils, government offices, schools and higher education authorities, public health and social welfare authorities, the police and fire services, museums, sports and tourism bodies and the prison service.

Run by the Wales Biodiversity Partnership, this annual training course in Plas Tan y Bwlch training centre at Snowdonia National Park aims to provide public authorities with guidance on how they can address the Biodiversity Duty within various spheres of activity. This year, the course is being organised in partnership with the COHAB Initiative Secretariat, Natural England and DEFRA, and will include particular focus on the importance of biodiversity to business development and econoomic security, public health and social welfare.

Through a combination of lectures, case studies and group workshops, the course will demonstrate how simple practical approaches to implementing the Duty can benefit business, communities, and public health, as well as helping to meet the UK's obligations under EU and UN agreements. The course is open to representatives of all public authorities and environmental organisations throughout the UK and Ireland.



Monday 12th October

Afternoon: Introduction

Chair: Julia Korn

1400      Welcome – Welsh Assembly Government

1415      Introduction to Biodiversity Duty legislation across the UK – Speakers from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

1445      What is biodiversity and why is it important? - Joanna Robertson, CCW

1515      Coffee/tea

1545      Workshop Activity - Joanna Robertson and UK Speakers

1645      Feedback

1700      Finish


2000-2100 Talk and workshop with a National Park Biodiversity Champion - Margaret Underwood Brecon Beacons National Park Biodiversity Champion


Tuesday 13th October

Morning: Biodiversity and health and well being

Chair Julia Korn

0915      Biodiversity and human well-being – diets, disease, drugs, and disasters – Conor Kretsch, COHAB Initiative Secretariat

0945      UK Biodiversity in the global context – Gordon Shepherd, WWF International

1015      The importance of biodiversity for physical and mental health – William Bird, Natural England

1045      Tea/coffee

1115      Natural England’s programmes in health and biodiversity– Dave Stone, Natural England

1145      Questions

1200-1300         Lunch


Afternoon: Planning Tools to deliver Biodiversity benefits

1300      Integrating Biodiversity into Planning Strategies – Jo Treweek, Treweek Environmental Consultants & International Association for Impact Assessment

1330      Strategic water management and the planning process: an overview of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems – Paul Shaffer, Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA)

1400      Making Contracts Work for Wildlife – Chris Jones, Telford and Wrekin Council

1430      Building Biodiversity Benefits into Planning and development Control Mike Oxford

1500      Tea/coffee

1530      Building partnerships for biodiversity and construction – Lessons from Northern Ireland – Peter Cush, Dept. of the Environment for Northern Ireland

1600      Sustainable energy production in the Marine Environment (Speaker TBC)

1630      Workshop – Addressing Public health and biodiversity considerations holistically within the planning process – Conor Kretsch, COHAB

1715      Sum up and finish

2000      Evening session – The Ecosystem approach to fisheries management – Tom Blasdale, Joint Nature Conservation Committee

2045      Feedback from the day

2100      Close


Wednesday 14th

Chair: Joanna Robertson

Morning: Benefiting Biodiversity and Economic Development

0900      Economies and Ecosystems – Conor Kretsch, COHAB Initiative Secretariat

0930      Making Sport Sustainable – a case study from the Golf Sector – Jonathan Smith, Golf         Environment Organisation

1000      Building Biodiversity Business – Laura Somerville, Fauna and Flora International

1030      Tea / Coffee

1100      Business and Biodiversity OffsetsMonica Barcellos Harris, UNEP-WCMC (TBC)

1130      Discussion with all morning speakers Facilitated by Joanna Robertson

1230-1330         Lunch

Afternoon: Benefiting Biodiversity and Economic Development (continued)

1330      Wildlife and Tourism in Scotland - Caroline Warburton, Wild Scotland

1410      Questions

1420      Workshop - Fulfilling your biodiversity Duty – Professional Facilitator TBC

1620      Sum up

1630      Finish


(Last updated: 12th August 2009)











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