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Lords open inquiry into protected areas with leading experts

Monday 6 March

The House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee will open its short inquiry into protected areas by hearing from leading experts.

The aim of this session is to gather views on how the UK’s commitment to protect 30% of land and sea by 2030 should be delivered in England.

It can be followed live on Parliament TV or in person in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 8 March from 10am.

Giving evidence will be:

  • Professor Jane K Hill, Research Theme leader for Resilient Ecosystems in York Environmental Sustainability Institute, and at Department of Biology, University of York
  • Professor Callum Roberts, Professor of Marine Conservation in the Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter
  • Dr James Robinson, Chair, IUCN UK Protected Areas Working Group, and Director of Conservation at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
  • Professor Rick Stafford, Chair of the British Ecological Society’s, Policy Committee and Professor of Marine Biology and Conservation, Bournemouth University.

Questions the committee are likely to ask include:

  • what is the current environmental state of the protected areas in England which might be included in the commitment to protect 30% of land and sea by 2030?
  • what are the main factors affecting the environmental state of England’s protected areas on land and sea, including stressors and positive management practices?
  • to what extent could the regulatory regime be better used to drive improvements to the management and monitoring of protected areas?
  • how can protected landscapes like National Parks and AONBs contribute to the ‘30 by 30’ goal and what (if anything) needs to change for them to do so?
  • what works well in the Government’s existing schemes and engagement with the overseas territories on protected areas, and what improvements could be made?

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