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Maddy Jago, Director, Landscapes and Biodiversity at Natural England delivered a presentation on Ecosystems Delivery in England. The presentation covered the Natural Environment White Paper and Biodiversity 2020, new approaches to biodiversity delivery, valuing ecosystem services and biodiversity assets and NEWP and Biodiversity 2020: a central role for AONBs.
After the welcome and opening to the 2012 conference by Peter Stevens, Chairman of the NAAONB, Howard Davies, CEO presents the NAAONB Annual Review covering:
The Bowland Award is awarded annually by the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB) for “the best project, best practice or outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs)”.
In the International Year of Volunteering, the NAAONB Board sought to reward examples of voluntary work at a local level that could be used by the AONB Family to deliver at a landscape scale nationally. (more…)
Dave Wood to Natural England Chair Poul Christensen, asking about the timetable for area designation. Poul responded that he understood the frustrations but stated that they were looking at the process and hoped to have this complete by the end of the year.
There was then a comment from the floor that he should look at
increase their planning resource and the number of people available to help with landscape planning issues which are perhaps considered a ‘Cinderella in planning.’
A representative from Kent Downs AONB raised the subject of biodiversity offsets.
Morgan Parry (CCW) said much was being done in an urban context but there was much wider scope to be more creative at a landscape scale. Natural England supported this view claiming huge potential but that DEFRA need to be brave and develop a framework for this to happen.
Manda Brookman (CoaST) responded that they were a social enterprise and that there was no one source but that their funds came through a variety of partnerships.