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Lords inquiry into protected areas hears from leading biologist and stakeholders

Monday 20 March 2023

The House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee will continue its short inquiry into protected areas on land and sea by hearing from a leading biologist and a range of stakeholders.

The session will gather views on how the UK’s commitment to protect 30% of land and sea by 2030 should be delivered in England and the challenges and opportunities faced by those involved in managing protected areas.

It can be followed live on Parliament TV or in person in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 22 March from 10am, and will cover:

  • the current environmental state
  • the regulatory regimes governing protected sites and landscapes
  • other policy tools beyond the regulatory regime
  • engagement by the UK Government and statutory bodies.

Giving evidence at 10am will be:

  • Professor Baroness Willis of Summertown CBE,
    Professor of Biodiversity, University of Oxford.

Giving evidence at 10.40am will be:

  • Rupert Hanbury-Tenison, landowner on Bodmin Moor; Chairman of Association of Bodmin Moor Commons Landowners; Landowner representative Bodmin Moor Commons Council; CLA Cornwall Committee member.
  • Andrea Meanwell, upland farmer in the Howgills, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Future Farming Partnership Manager for the Lake District, the National Trust; Nature Friendly Farming Network member.
  • Professor Mark Kibblewhite, Chair of Dorset Wildlife Trust and Emeritus Professor, Cranfield University.
  • Ben McCarthy, Head of Nature Conservation & Restoration Ecology, the National Trust.​​​​​​​
  • Jenny Hawley, Policy Manager, Plantlife.

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