6 July 2021

Confirmed speakers include: Rebecca Pow MP, Environment Minister, Defra. For detailed agenda and speakers see below.

Organised by the TCPA on behalf of the Green Infrastructure Partnership and Natural England, this online conference will provide an opportunity to gain an understanding of:

  • the role of green infrastructure in the delivery of a healthy green recovery through creating distinctive, community-focussed, nature-rich healthy environments that address social inequalities and climate change,
  • how new policy and delivery initiatives such as biodiversity net gain, green social prescribing and the nature recovery network can support green infrastructure, and
  • the draft new national Green Infrastructure Standards Framework, due to be launched in 2022, with a pre-view of GI Mapping and tools

The event will be of particular interest to: national, regional and local politicians; planners; environmentalists; park managers; ecologists; landscape architects and land managers; developers; public health professionals; and academics. 

This conference is FREE to attend and will be delivered as three webinars - details below.

Webinar 1: 9.30-11.00: The role of green infrastructure in a healthy green recovery.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Rebecca Pow MP, Environment Minister, Defra
  • Marian Spain, Chief Executive, Natural England
  • speaker from MHCLG
  • Prof John Newton, Director of Health Improvement, Public Health England
  • Chair: Julia Thrift, Director of Healthier Place-making, TCPA

Webinar 2: 11.30-13.00: Biodiversity and environmental net gain: opportunities for delivering green infrastructure

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Nick White, Principle Adviser Net Gain, Natural England
  • James Scott, Group Director of Strategy and Planning, Urban & Civic
  • Sarah Jane Chimbwandira, CEO, Surrey Wildlife Trust
  • Krista Patrick, Natural Capital Co-ordinator, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Chair: Mel Hughes, Director of Sustainable Development, Natural England 

Webinar 3: 14.00-15.30: Introduction to the Green Infrastructure Standards Framework

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Judy Ling Wong, poet and environmentalist, Hon. President Black Environment Network
  • Jane Houghton, Project Manager, Green Infrastructure Standards, Natural England
  • Andrew Linfoot, Global Technology Lead for Landscape Architecture, Jacobs
  • Martin Moss, Senior Adviser, Green Infrastructure, Natural England
  • Chair: Amanda Craig, Director - Connecting People and Nature, Natural England

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