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Sarah Jackson, Communications Portfolio Holder reviewed this years nominations for the Bowland Award 2013.
The Bowland Award 2013
The Bowland Award is presented annually for the best project, best practice or outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
To link with the Landscapes for Life Conference 2013 theme of water, “the best project, best practice or outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty” which promotes the landscape scale conservation or celebration of the water environment.
Nominations are invited through the media and direct through member organisations. This year two nominations came from non NAAONB members demonstrating recognition for this Award outside the NAAONB.
This year there was an excellent geographical spread from the Solway Coast, the Wye Valley and across to the Suffolk Coast. This Award provides the platform to highlight the range of activity taking place across the country and the variety of landscapes we work in.
Dr Charles Beardall, Area Manager, Environment Agency delivered a presentation at the conference on Water under pressure – the challenges in the Eastern Region.
View the video of Charles’ presentation at the conference.
We are entering a stage in the long transition to sustainable development where the distinctions between the public, private and civil/third sector designations are becoming increasingly blurred. This is driven by three forces. One is the shrinking of public expenditures, another is the capture by the private sector of greater social responsibility, and the third is the recognition that both resilience of nature’s functions and wellbeing of human satisfaction require a fresh alignment of cooperation and common endeavour.
In this address I make the case for water companies to become champions of the wider social interest in this emerging new world. There are five reasons for arguing this position. (more…)
Howard Davies delivered a presentation on Water and Natural Beauty – The relationship between water and landscape and how we got to this point.
Richard Benyon MP Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries today joined James Berresford, Chief Executive, VisitEngland and Philip Hygate, Chairman, National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB) in signing a Sustainable Tourism Accord between VisitEngland, Defra and the NAAONB. (more…)