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Welcome from Philip Hygate, NAAONB Chairman
The theme of #L4L2014 is Sharing, Learning, Inspiring and it has brought delegates from all over the UK to discuss how collaborative working between people and organisations who care about the UK’s Protected Landscapes can ensure that our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks are well managed and safeguarded for future generations.
Our three days of presentations, briefings, market place stalls, discussion, networking and site visits will investigate and highlight the examples of outstanding work from AONB Partnerships, Conservation Boards and National Park Authorities (NPAs) linked to work on communications, raising non-exchequer funding, Biodiversity 2020, sustainable tourism, and advocacy and policy. National issues will be addressed and the way Protected Landscape teams are working in partnership with corporate organisations, local authorities, Government bodies, landowners and others to develop innovative solutions to manage our most precious landscapes will be shared.
The presentations of our speakers who include DEFRA Minister, Lord de Mauley, leading environmentalist, Chris Baines, NAAONB CEO, Howard Davies, Chilterns Conservation Board Chief Officer, Steve Rodrick and Yorkshire Dales NPA Chief Officer, David Butterworth, and details of the site visits encompassing the iconic landscapes of the Arnside and Silverdale, Forest of Bowland, North Pennines and the Solway Coast AONBs and the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks and all the other components of #L4L2014 will as usual be available here on our conference blog as a resource for you, and those who cannot be with us today, to refer to. This year we will also be launching our new HLF funded “Knowledge Platform” www.landscapesforliferesources.org.uk where case studies, reports, publications, position statements and guidance documents will be available for free download.
We are delighted you are able to join us. We look forward to lively debate and discussion which will result in useful practical action throughout the UK’s Protected Landscapes. I am sure that you will leave the conference with the knowledge that the AONB Family and partners are working hard to protect our most valuable resource, ensuring that AONBs remain Landscapes for Life.
Arnside and Silverdale
Forest of Bowland