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Link Annual Debate

Link's 2016 annual debate was held on 8 December at the Zoological Society of London.

Wildlife and Countryside Link’s Annual Debate provides an exciting opportunity to explore a current issue or emerging theme, with particular emphasis on its impact on society, wildlife and the economy.

In 2016, we debated the question:

"Our Natural Environment in 2040: Better or Worse?"

The panel and audience explored the opportunities and challenges over the next 25 years, and whether we can ensure a thriving and healthy future for our natural environment that benefits people, communities and the economy.

The event was planned to coincide with the publication of the consultations for the Government’s two 25 year plans - for the Environment and for Food and Farming – which are expected to be published imminently, making this a perfect time to discuss this topic.

Our 2016 panel included:
  • Baroness Barbara Young - Chair of the Woodland Trust
  • Sir Charles Burrell - rewilding pioneer and owner of the Knepp Estate
  • Professor Georgina Mace - Director of Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, UCL
  • Dr. Diane Mitchell - Chief Environment Advisor, NFU
  • Martin Harper - Conservation Director, RSPB
  • Chaired by: Dr. Nathalie Pettorelli - Senior Research Fellow, Zoological Society of London

The panel and guests joined us a for a networking drinks reception after the debate.