Landscapes of the Future

Wednesday 8th June 2011, 10am-12pm, Committee Room 12

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Many pressures, such as population increase and climate change, will exacerbate competition for land in the next few decades. The UK National Ecosystem Assessment, due to be published at the start of June, is the first assessment of the benefits UK society gains from the natural environment, as well as options to secure delivery into the future. Additionally, the government is expected to publish ambitious plans to protect the natural environment at the start of June in the Natural Environment White Paper. Multifunctional landscapes, which balance competing demands for space, can help adaptation and increase resilience to environmental change. This crosses many sectors and policy areas, but in particular land use planning.

This event was intended to give Parliamentarians and their staff the opportunity to discuss the major factors driving landscape change and discuss policy and management options for the future with leading experts in the field.

Chair's Welcome:
Barry Gardiner MP for Brent North, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Biodiversity and member of the the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs and Energy and Climate Change Select Committees