SW0117 - Biodiversity Net Gain: Infrastructure for Improving Britain’s Wildlife
Time: 17:30 - 19:30 Region: South West
Venue: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, 1 Queen Street, Kings Orchard, Bristol, BS2 0HQ
Existing nature protection policies simply are not working. In spite of national planning policies and laws that give protection to conservation priority species, the UK’s wildlife continues to decline. The most recent wildlife statistics show that 40% of the UK’s most important habitats and 30% of our rarest species are in decline, with at least eight becoming extinct since 2002.
As a result of this, businesses worldwide are adopting Net Gain or No Net Loss (NNL) targets for biodiversity. The concept has already been adopted by major UK infrastructure companies such as Network Rail and Highways England and by private developers such as Berkeley Group.
This event will look at what biodiversity net gain is and how the approach works, giving you practical examples of projects which have benefited from net gain targets.
Refreshments will be served from 5:30m to 6pm. The presentation will start at 6pm and will be followed by a Q&A session with your speakers before the event closes at 7.30pm.
Please contact Joanna.Goodwin@pbworld.com to reserve your place
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is about a 10 minute walk from Temple Meads Station. On-street parking is available outside of the office and two multi-storey car parks are located within a 5-minute walk (postcodes will be provided).
Tom Butterworth leads the work on Biodiversity Net Gain for WSP| Parsons Brinckerhoff. This involves working with a wide range of people and organisations to support them in delivering benefits for biodiversity hand in hand with development. Until recently Tom worked for Natural England as the Principal Advisor for Biodiversity. Tom has managed nationally and internationally important sites for wildlife, taught environmental education and countryside management skills and developed biodiversity strategies locally, regionally and nationally.
Laura Homfray is an Environmental Consultant at WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff and was the lead author of the recently published “Biodiversity Net Gain” White Paper. Prior to moving into consultancy, Laura worked as a Sustainability Assistant at Yorkshire Water and for Business in the Community, where her work focused on monetising environmental impacts and piloting Natural Capital approaches.