As of 2023, it will be a legal requirement for planning projects across the U.K. to achieve the outlined biodiversity net gain targets as set out in the Environmental Act. As biodiversity across the country continues to decline, according to a 2022 research report from the Environmental Agency, it is now more important than ever that local authorities are working to protect and enhance local wildlife in order to successfully deliver biodiversity net gains. While making biodiversity net gains a legal requirement in new development projects is a step in the right direction, there is still much work to be done to reverse the decline in biodiversity in the UK. Through sharing best practice, councils  can build upon their existing success and develop new strategies to protect local wildlife through working with local communities and stakeholders to deliver biodiversity net gains.

  • England is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world, states a 2022 press release from the Environmental Agency
  • 41% of species in the UK are in decline over the past 50 years, according a 2022 report from the Royal Society of Bird Protection
  • Nature England’s new Green Infrastructure Framework aims to increase the amount of green cover to 40% in urban residential areas

Join us at Enabling Biodiversity Net Gain in the Planning System 2023 to hear the latest updates and guidance from leading experts and those working at the forefront of enhancing and protect biodiversity across the country. Engage with a series of best practice case studies showcasing strategies for protecting local wildlife, implementing green infrastructure, and centering nature in new development plans. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues across sectors to discuss challenges you in coordinating approaches for protecting and enhancing local biodiversity in partnership working.

Why Attend:
 Hear high-level keynotes on the latest guidance and strategies for nature recovery plans and securing biodiversity net gains
 Gain practical insights into securing biodiversity net gains, protecting local wildlife in urban areas, and involving communities in biodiversity initiatives
 Engage with senior colleagues from across the sector to discuss taking a multiagency approach to protecting and enhancing local biodiversity
 Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

  • Online Registration 

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Robert Ewers, Professor of Ecology, Imperial College London (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Protecting Wildlife and Enhancing Biodiversity: National Update

    • Building a greener, more prosperous country: insights from the Environmental Action Plan 2023
    • Key updates on the 25 Year Environmental Plan for tackling biodiversity loss and mitigating climate change
    • Guidance for public authorities on complying with their biodiversity duty and working with developers to secure net gains
    • Strategies for tackling invasive species and enhancing biosecurity to restore biodiversity and mitigate further loss

    Mike Burke, Programme Director – Sustainable Development, Natural England (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Navigating the Impact of Sewage Spills on Local Biodiversity and Planning Procedures

    Tony Virgo, Councillor, Bracknell Forest Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions & Answers Session

  • Comfort Break 

  • Case Study: The Urban Jungle: Protecting and Enhancing Biodiversity in Cities

    • Strategies for developing and implementing green infrastructure in urban areas to improve and protect local biodiversity
    • Creating and utilising public green spaces to boost biodiversity as well as regulate the climate and mitigate pollution
    • Guidance on urban greening: implementing green roofs and living walls into development projects to mitigate environmental damages in denser city areas
    • Developing a greenness index to highlight areas of the city with low levels of green cover and identify where more greening is needed

    Abby Crisostomo, Head of Green Infrastructure, Greater London Authority (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers Session

  • Pre-Recorded Case Study: Lessons from the Land Trust’s BNG Journey

    Joe Heath, Head of Environment and Biodiversity, The Land Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Lunch Break 

  • Panel Discussion: Securing Biodiversity Net Gains: Enacting Environmental Policy Changes at a Local Level

    Panellists will discuss their organisations’ approaches to enacting national policy changes at a local level to protect and promote biodiversity in their areas.

    • Sharing insights to ensure effective biodiversity net gains in local planning processes 
    • Building capacity for local biodiversity conservation and restoration through staff education and training

    Martin Elliot, Head of Strategic Planning, Leeds City Council (CONFIRMED)

    Dr. Gemma Jerome, Director, Building with Nature (CONFIRMED)

    Mike Waite, Director of Research & Monitoring,
    Surrey Wildlife Trust

  • Breakout Networking Session: Taking A Multi-Agency Approach to Protecting and Enhancing Biodiversity

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in coordinating approaches to enhancing biodiversity and securing net gains. We encourage you to share your strategies for strong communication and effective data sharing between agencies. Take this time to share your experiences and network with senior colleagues.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Kew Ha Ha: Involving the Community in Historical Restorations the Creation of Local Wildlife Corridors

    Eve Risbridger, Chief Executive, Habitats and Heritage (CONFIRMED)
    Paul Jennings, Nature Conservation Manager, Habitats and Heritage (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions & Answers Session

  • Pre-recorded Case Study: Using Data to Monitor and Evaluate Biodiversity Progress in Planning Developments

    Dr Janet Jackson, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Ecology & Management, University of Northampton School of Science and Technology

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work in planning and sustainability.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

✓ Network with key decision makers from across the NHS
✓ Meet your target audience in the sector
✓ Listen and Learn from leading industry experts from across the sector
✓ Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
✓ Speak alongside industry leading experts
✓ Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss the available option please call 0203 961 5002 or email Sponsorship@GovernmentEvents.co.uk 

  • Public Sector Rate incl. GE Insights: £449.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate incl. GE Insights:: £379.00+VAT
  • Private Sector Rate incl. GE Insights:: £649.00+VAT

Your delegate place at this leading conference gives you access to all of the following including 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource, and the easiest way for you to prepare for the conference and then stay engaged all year with the ongoing discussions and best practice:

✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

✓ Live Chat and Networking Opportunities

✓ Q&A

✓ 8 Hours of CPD

✓ Speaker Presentations and Videos OnDemand

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