ALGE Conference 2019: “Getting Ready for Biodiversity Net Gain”
The Association of Local Government Ecologists (ALGE)’s 2019 Conference and Annual General Meeting, which also celebrated its 25th (Silver) Anniversary since being founded, took take place on Tuesday 3rd December 2019 at the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre in Greater London.
The conference focused on ‘Biodiversity Net Gain’ and how we can work to both secure and then deliver this key opportunity to benefit biodiversity at the local, regional and national scale.
Over 145 delegates from across the United Kingdom attended, not just from local authorities but also many other government and non-government agencies. A wide range of stimulating and thought-provoking presentations from the speakers focused on practical actions using case studies and some excellent examples of best practice. A copy of the conference programme can be downloaded from here.
Presentations of the speakers at the conference, in PDF format, can be downloaded below:
- Derek Richardson, GMEU: “Cross Boundary Working in Greater Manchester”
- Hayley Taylor, Bird Wise: “Learning Lessons From Existing Strategic Access Mitigation Projects”
- Dan Carpenter, ALERC: “Providing Data to Support Net Gain Approach”
- Nick White, Natural England: “Applying the Net Gain Metric”
- Hugh Warwick, BHPS: “Linescapes and Hedgehogs”
- Justine Lloyd, Lichfield District Council: “Implementing a Net Gain SPD”
- David Scully, Tunbridge Wells Council: “Developing a Net Gain Policy in an Emerging Plan”
- Karen Colebourn & Des Hobson, EPR: “Progress Towards Nature Recovery Networks“
- Juliet Hynes, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust: “Gloucestershire Nature Recovery Network”
- Rebecca Moberly, Environment Agency: “Ox-Cam Natural Capital Plan”
The conference also included the presentation of awards as part of ALGE’s Silver Anniversary celebrations to a wide range of individuals and organisations in recognition of their contributions in furthering nature conservation and the way it is delivered at the local level. The winners and nominations for the Silver Anniversary Awards are summarised below, and additional information can also be found at https://www.alge.org.uk/alge-silver-anniversary-awards-2019.
For more information on the conference, or how to join ALGE and help contribute to its future development and delivery, please contact Iain Boulton at firstname.lastname@example.org.