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Link AGM and Annual Debate

Monday 4 December
WWF Living Planet Centre, Woking
Wildlife and Countryside Link’s AGM will be held on 4 December. Please note that the AGM is a members only event, however the debate is open to all.

The UK finds itself at a fork in the road, take the wrong path and our exit from the European Union could be ruinous for our environment and for future generations. Can Britain seize this opportunity to become a global leader on the environment and animal welfare? Or will Britain shirk its responsibilities at home and abroad?

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. This year’s expert panel is made up of MEP Catherine Bearder, Client Earth director of programmes Karla Hill, writer and journalist George Monbiot, Good Energy CEO Juliet Davenport. They are chaired by WWF-UK Chief Executive Tanya Steele, and will debate the question:

‘Global leadership starts at home: how can the UK Government take action on the environment and animal welfare in a post Brexit era?’

Taking place after Link’s AGM, the debate is one of the main events in the Link calendar and always draws a good audience including Link member organisations, government officials, statutory agencies, businesses and other interested parties.

The debate will run from 4pm - 5.30pm. It will be followed by a networking drinks reception until 7pm.

Register here.

External Events

Linking behaviour to populations and communities
22 - 23 November
This NERC/ZSL symposium will bring together leading experts in behavioural ecology and conservation to explore how behavioural ecologists can make a difference in support of conservation by relating their research to ecosystem processes. The meeting will critically assess the role of the behavioural ecological community in addressing conservation priorities so far and aims to inspire future conservation-oriented research and action with real impact. Now is a highly promising time for progress in this direction because of the emergence of strong analytical tools and conceptual advances in behavioural ecology in recent years, developments which have yet to find their way fully into the conservation arena.

IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group Training
27- 30 November
This 4-day training workshop is aimed at conservation biologists and managers working on conservation transloations and reintroductions. The IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group aims to create profound benefits for nature and people by saving species and restoring the function of ecosystems. To do so it supports conservation biologists and managers in designing and managing the complexities surrounding conservation translocations in terms of multi-stakeholder interests, biological uncertainties and risk.

Through this workshop it hopes to ultimately increase knowledge to plan, courage to act, certainty to secure resources, skill to respond to challenges, and support the achievement of successful conservation outcomes. The 4-day course will be a mix of lectures, tools training sessions, and small group activities to practice application of lecture and tools material to participant-suggested case studies. Workshop participants will be required to prepare a summary of a conservation translocation project they are currently involved with. By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to apply IUCN Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations.

Beyond 2019: UK Trade in Goods Post-Brexit
Policy-UK Forum
28 November 2017
This forum comes six months on from the International Trade Committee’s report into trading options after 2019. Delegates will be a part of the ever-important dialogue between British businesses and the Government as our nation undergoes immense constitutional and economic change. Policymakers, business leaders, academics, diplomats, and trade representatives alike will assess the models of trade in goods available post-Brexit, the nature of a deal with Europe, what a “no deal” scenario looks like, and how global British industry can become.

Parliament for Press Officers course
November 2017

The course has been devised for in-house Communication specialists and provides clear practical guidance on how to increase your media team’s general awareness of policy and process. It will also help to you to gain a better understanding of the cultural nuances which characterize Westminster; which may be precluding you from taking a more active role in supporting your organisation's public affairs activity. Overall this course will increase your knowledge enabling you to achieve greater strategic media presence when dealing with the presentation of policy initiatives to the wider public.The course has been devised for in-house Communication specialists and provides clear practical guidance on how to increase your media team’s general awareness of policy and process.

Expanding the UK’s Green Economy
Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum
5 December

Delegates at this conference will assess the priorities for expanding the UK’s Green Economy, delivering low-carbon electricity and developing green infrastructure.

With the UK set to miss its 2020 renewable targets, and following the recent private acquisition of the GIB and the Green Deal Finance Company, delegates will consider opportunities for attracting further private investment in green projects. Sessions will examine the challenges for engaging investors who traditionally avoid public subsidy models, and for balancing commercial viability with the need for clean energy infrastructure.

In light of the Industrial Strategy White paper and the Clean Growth Plan, both expected later this year, attendees will discuss the Government’s investment priorities for improving energy efficiency, reducing energy costs, and developing new clean-energy projects post-Brexit.
Further sessions will consider the future for less established technologies, such as hydrogen gas heating and carbon capture and storage, and the potential for cross sector strategies to ensure effective emissions management and reduction.

Wild About Plymouth: Britain's Ocean City
Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery
9 December

Join Professor John Spicer on a special tour through Plymouth exploring the city’s unique marine science history. We will visit the Marine Biological Association where marine science really began in the UK, and walk down to the Barbican visiting key spots along the way. Find out what makes our city an international base for marine science research.

European Coral Reef Symposium (ECRS) 2017
13 - 15 December
To celebrate 20 years of Reef Conservation UK (RCUK) ZSL are going big and hosting the European Coral Reef Symposium (ECRS) in Oxford, UK, from Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th December, 2017. This three-day event is organised and hosted by the RCUK Committee, in association with the Zoological Society of London, the International Society for Reef Studies and the University of Oxford.

The future for charity law and governance - accountability, regulation and priorities for new legislation
Westminster Legal Policy Forum
18 January 2018
This seminar will focus on the future for charity law and regulation in England and Wales. The discussion is timed as a draft Bill on charity law is expected to be taken forward next year, following the final report of the Law Commission’s consultation on Technical Issues in Charity Law in September. Sessions will focus on what more can be done to simplify the current system, looking in particular at proposals to reform the regulation of land transactions and permanent endowment, workings of cy-près rules in situations where too much or too little is raised for a fundraising appeal, as well as the future framework for charity taxation.

Priorities for the UK food and farming industry - policy, competitiveness and new markets
Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum
1 February 2018

This seminar will examine policy priorities for the food and farming sectors as the Government negotiates the UK's future relationship with the EU. Sessions will focus on the new Agriculture Bill and the possibility of a 'Green Brexit', as well as the steps that can be taken to support a growing and competitive rural economy whilst ensuring high standards in produce and farming practices.

Building soil fertility through better rotations in combinable crops
Get learning with LEAF and ARTIS
1 February 2018

Taking place on LEAF Demonstration Farms, this one day course will help growers, farmers and managers tackle emerging opportunities for better soil and water management, through Integrated Farm Management. This course, run by ARTIS, consists of two half-days; the first focusing on building rotational systems, and the second half-day focusing on building system fertility.

Policy priorities for protecting natural capital in England and the role of a 25-year Environment Plan
Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum
13 February 2018
This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss policy priorities for protecting the environment and conserving natural capital. Delegates will consider key elements of the Government’s 25-year Environment Plan - due to be introduced by the Environment Secretary by the start of 2018 - which will follow the Natural Capital Committee’s recent report, and the Government’s recently published Clean Growth Strategy.

Improving soil biology for better yields
Get learning with LEAF and ARTIS
14 February 2018

Taking place on LEAF Demonstration Farms, this one day course will help growers, farmers and managers tackle emerging opportunities for better soil and water management, through Integrated Farm Management. This course, run by ARTIS, is for farmers and others within agriculture who want a better understanding of soil biology, its importance in agriculture for maintaining healthy and sustainable soils and the effects of current farming practises on the diversity of organisms and population sizes in the soil.

Best practice in water management and irrigation
Get learning with LEAF and ARTIS
20 February 2018

Taking place on LEAF Demonstration Farms, this one day course will help growers, farmers and managers tackle emerging opportunities for better soil and water management, through Integrated Farm Management. This course, run by ARTIS, is for those who wish to understand how best to manage the irrigation of potato, field vegetable and salad crops to improve crop yields and quality. The two half-days focus on the principles of irrigation management, and optimising irrigation in practice.

Safeguarding space for nature, securing our future: developing a post-2020 strategy
27-28 February
This symposium will bring together international scientists, conservation practitioners, policy-makers, business leaders, civil society and donors to (1) review the science informing future area-based conservation targets, (2) evaluate the implications of various policy options, (3) provide balanced, evidence-based recommendations to Parties to the CBD and other policy processes and (4) raise awareness of the need for a more ambitious, holistic and effective strategy on space for nature, incorporating protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures.