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How can we save the planet by 2030?
Royal Geographical Society
18:30, 11 May 2018
We're facing the most rapid mass extinction in millions of years, plunging water health and an inability to feed our booming population, despite growing enough food. We need to take action now to save our planet. We invite you to join our debate with special guest speakers George Monbiot, Tony Juniper CBE, Natalie Fee and Simon King OBE on feeding the planet, protecting our fresh water, saving our oceans and addressing wildlife declines - and the potential repercussions of failing to meet the key Sustainable Development biosphere Goals.

Protecting Wildlife on Local Highways: Safeguarding Wildlife Habitats alongside the Strategic Road Network
Public Policy Exchange
17 May 2018

In absence of statutory protections for wildlife along the UK’s highways, and in anticipation of Highway England’s second Road Investment Strategy, this symposium will offer the opportunity for: local and national wildlife authorities, highway agencies, environmental groups, third sector organisations and other key stakeholders, to formulate strategies for safeguarding people and animals from collisions on the UK transport network. It will also enable all delegates to share best practice in developing innovative solutions for animal crossings in local areas.

Securing Our Natural Environment for Future Generations
BES/UK Conservation Agencies Symposium
23-24 May 2018

We are heading towards a different environment from anything humans have known or experienced. Climate change, consumption, population growth and competition for resources are all impacting heavily on the natural environment. We are also undergoing pivotal social and political change. In the UK, this is in part driven by EU Exit, but also by the changing needs and expectations of society and the economy. A wide range of factors are likely to be increasingly influential in the way we use and impact upon our environment: trade relationships, new technologies, natural capital-informed approaches, innovations in practice, involving people in decisions, inequalities and justice, devolved and evolving policy agendas, people’s evolving relationship with the natural world and our responses to environmental disasters and change. Where does nature conservation sit in relation to these changes? Who is nature conservation for and what should be our policy and delivery priorities? What role do we need and want the natural environment to play in the UK’s future?

Diffuse Pollution: Evidence, Effective Practice and Lessons for Policy, Practice and Investment
09:00-17:00, 18 July 2018
Central London
Call for Papers open now (ends January 2018). Following the success of their 2017 conference ‘Urban Rivers and Streams: assets or pollution pathways’ CIWEM will be holding their 2018 conference on 18 July in Central London. This event will present innovative case studies, collaborative approaches and facilitate discussion on the scale of the issue and current progress on both rural and urban diffuse pollution. The call for abstracts is now open for content for the conference. They welcome papers addressing the following areas (but not exclusively): emerging trends, policy drivers, innovative case studies, cost effective practice.

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