Wales Biodiversity Partnership Conference 2018

A big thanks to speakers, contributors & delegates who made the conference a great success!

The conference presentations, videos and workshop notes will be available on the Wales Biodiversity Partnership website in October/November and we will notify you when they are available.

Featuring a Ministerial address from Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn AM, key note speakers, practitioner talks and workshops, the conference is a key tool in Wales’ aspirations to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem resilience in Wales and an opportunity to develop nature recovery actions in combination with wider policy initiatives. Networking sessions and opportunities for collaboration and future partnerships are a central theme of the event.

Wales has unique legislation in place to deliver nature recovery and multiple benefits for our environment, economy, and society. The Nature Recovery Action Plan for Wales, the Environment (Wales) Act and future land management reform post-Brexit are central to this approach. The Well-being of Future Generations Act provides a framework for decision-making in the delivery of multiple benefits to current and future generations through well-being planning which need to be reflected in our new approach. The approach sets out the links between environment, health and well-being and the opportunities and challenges which we can address through our plans and actions at multiple scales.

WBP Conference - Overview and Draft Programme version 2 20.08.2018

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Find out about previous WBP Conferences

The 2016 Wales Biodiversity Partnership Conference was held in Bangor University on 7-8th September, bringing together policy makers, practitioners and industry to share ideas and discuss the opportunities which are to be had in uncertain times.

The first day focused on the National Natural Resource policy and the Nature Recovery Plan for Wales, the second day on biodiversity initiatives being taken forward by industry, and the challenges to achieve the well-being goals in the Well Being of Future Generations Act.

Several speakers addressed the nature of change, and stressed the importance for those involved in nature conservation to adapt and find new ways of working to combat the many challenges. The Conference coincided with the publication of SoNaRR, the State of Natural Resources Report, by Natural Resources Wales, and there was much focus on what this will mean for Wales. Brexit will inevitably bring new ways of working.

Delegates had a choice of attending workshops on SoNaRR, Ancient Woodland Restoration, the Caru Gwenyn project and the Nature Recovery Plan, or a field trip to Cors Erddreiniog on Anglesey. They also partook in several discussion groups and Question and Answer sessions with a panel of speakers.

The Chair summed up the Conference with a call to bring in new partners and engineer a big shift in the ways people think about nature. Problems with funding can often cause difficulties but these can be overcome by addressing the problems in smart and imaginative ways.

WBP Conference 2016

7th & 8th September 2016 Bangor University

  1. WBP Conference Proceedings 2016

WBP Conference 2015

9th & 10th September 2015 Aberystwyth University

  1. WBP Conference Proceedings 2015

WBP Conference 2014

10th & 11th September 2014 Cardiff University

  1. WBP Conference Proceedings 2014

WBP Conference 2013

18th & 19th September Bangor University

  1. WBP Conference Proceedings 2013

WBP Conference 2012

12th - 13th September; University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd

  1. WBP Conference Proceedings 2012

WBP Conference 2011

14th & 15th September Trinity College Carmarthen

  1. WBP Conference Proceedings 2011

WBP Conference 2010

15th & 16th September, Bangor University

  1. Conference proceedings 2010

UK BAP Conference 2010

23 & 24th Nov, Stirling

The conference theme reflected on the new targets for biodiversity at UN and EU levels.

  1. Conference Proceedings UK 2010

WBP Conference 2009

16th & 17th September, University of Glamorgan

  1. Conference proceedings 2009

UK Biodiversity Conference

‘Delivering for Nature’ 10–11 September 2008, Aberystwyth University

  1. Conference proceedings 2008

WBP Conference 2007

12th & 13th September, Wrexham University

The conference write-up focused on the workshop sessions

  1. WBP Conference 2007

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