LI CPD: Greener Recovery Festival

Exceptional thought leaders gathered to debate Greener Recovery with topics ranging from climate to biodiversity action. Key discussions were around Net Zero, Environmental Net Gain, Adaptation and Natural Capital Accounting.

Rebecca Pow, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs presented a keynote speech on Natural Capital approach to Green Recovery.

Doctor Tony Juniper CBE, Chair, Natural England presented on A National Nature Recovery Network – Why and how? He discussed the need for a joined-up approach based on partnerships and combining different policy tools.

Some of the learning outcomes included:

  • Strategies to mitigate overheating risk at early design stages, including building as well as surrounding environment  
  • How to challenge systemic racism to widen BAME access to green spaces and diversify the landscape profession
  • Actions to address issues of climate justice and climate equity
  • What a nature led approach means – and why coordinated action in rural and urban environments and at different spatial scales is essential.

Some of the sessions included:

  • Working together towards climate justice and climate equity – Judy Ling Wong CBE, Honorary President of the Black Environment Network
  • Greening development – Phil Askew CMLI, Director Landscape and Placemaking at Peabody; Dr Julie Godefroy, Technical Manager at CIBSE; and Jane Walne, Head of Projects and Programmes at Leeds City Council
  • Designing water management in light of climate change – Andy Graham, Senior Project Manager at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
  • Beyond the Usual Suspects: Climate equity in practice – engaging diverse communities – Dr Helen Hoyle, Senior Lecturer in Healthy Built Environments at UWE Bristol
  • Developing species-rich spaces: little known ways of addressing carbon, pollution and biodiversity issues – James Hewetson Brown – Wildflower Turf; Dr Matthew Tallis – University Centre Sparsholt; Joe Franklin – Aecom; Matt Pitts – Plantlife


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