26 September 2019
Developing sustainable approaches to environmental recovery through integrated land and water management has never been so vital. The UK Government’s 25-year environment plan sets out ambitious goals for improving the environment within a generation and leaving it in a better state than we found it. With the pressure to tackle climate change and protect the environment at the top of national and global agendas, the need for integrated, multi-partner management is gaining traction.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is developing a new outcomes-focused Environmental Land Management Scheme which is set to transform the way the UK manages its landscape. Prioritising environmental services alongside agricultural productivity, issues such as soil health, flood risk management and biodiversity recovery will need to be managed in a more integrated way, involving a diverse range of stakeholders from farmers to business owners. Meanwhile, the EU Water Framework Directive is driving innovative approaches and transforming the way we manage water across the country. Water and land challenges are increasingly tackled together.
Yet what would an effective governance structure for this new integrated approach look like? Against a backdrop of Brexit, how can we ensure that enough funding is in place to deliver this ambitious agenda? And are we on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals that commit us to deliver clean water and sanitation, and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems by 2030?
The future of environmental land management: policy challenges and opportunities
Much stock has been placed on how a new approach to land management aiming to provide public money for the delivery of public goods could deliver for farmers and the environment. How might it work in practice? What support will land managers need for a smooth transition from the Common Agricultural Policy to its successor? How can we balance food production with environmental recovery?
Delivering the 25-year environment plan
The 25-year environment plan set out a wide range of high-level ambitions and targets which must be met. How can they be effectively delivered on the ground – and who is best placed to do so? Can this be done through existing approaches or do we need something radical and new?
Innovations in environmental management
The new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) will require a departure from decades of managing land in a similar way. Innovation will be needed across the board. How can this be done at scale to deliver outcomes which address climate and ecological crises without creating a productivity one?
View from the private sector
Alongside the concept of public money for public goods is the need to engage diverse sources of private finance and commitment. What’s working well here and how can we build on that?
Environmental management post-Brexit
How can we expect the way we manage our environment to change after leaving the EU, and what are the implications?Event programme
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