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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.
7th & 8th September 2016 Bangor University
9th & 10th September 2015 Aberystwyth University
10th & 11th September 2014 Cardiff University
18th & 19th September Bangor University
12th - 13th September; University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd
14th & 15th September Trinity College Carmarthen
15th & 16th September, Bangor University
23 & 24th Nov, Stirling
The conference theme reflected on the new targets for biodiversity at UN and EU levels.
16th & 17th September, University of Glamorgan
‘Delivering for Nature’ 10–11 September 2008, Aberystwyth University
12th & 13th September, Wrexham University
The conference write-up focused on the workshop sessions
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