Conference Report and Conclusions           Howard Davies
• Living within natural limits• Demand for ever-higher standards of living                                   • 7% per year...
1    Qatar                  18.72    Ghana                  13.5   List of countries by real GDP3    Mongolia             ...
Ecosystems Approach - Principles           Sustainable              Use  Conservation   Equity
We need to stop buying things we     don’t needWith money we don’t have      To create impressions that won’t lastOn peopl...
•   More•   Bigger•   Better•   Joined‘Landscape’ – an art   gallery with no   interesting pictures?
England’s wildlife is haemorrhaging at a truly alarming rate                                     • More than 40% of our   ...
• Worrying deterioration• Needs to be some prioritisation• “Natural Beauty” allows us to bring together a whole range of  ...
New tools to get the job done• Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs), providing bigger, connected sites  for wildlife to live in...
A land owners perspective•You can talk, push, manage and influence but land managers are needed tohelp deliver. We are wil...
Landscape scale?protected landscapeshave been doing thisfor ages
There’s been joined-up, innovative‘Nature Improvement’ in AONBsand National Parks for many years
• NIAs (and LNPs) are ‘a good thing’ and we have risen to their challenge with  some innovative stuff. Long-term support f...
• The Northern Upland Chain  - a consortia of the willing• 2000 square miles of  collaboration by design (not  accident)
Morecambe Bay Limestones & Wetlands NatureImprovement Area                                             • 200 priority spec...
“Together we must be better“•More, bigger, better, more joined up - in PLs its do-able•Store flood water in nature reserve...
“We need to be active to remain sustainable”•Water is at the heart of our way of living•Its no longer just a ‘nice thing t...
Endorsement by Richard Benyon MP, UnderSecretary of State, Defra “I think you do heroic work”                             ...
“Rebrand you guys”                                                 “Sustainability is like                                ...
When asked his opinion on what AONBs were doing to deliver, he replied“I’m bloody gobsmacked”Professor Sir John LawtonThe ...
When asked his opinion on what AONBs were doing to deliver, he replied“I’m bloody gobsmacked”Professor Sir John LawtonThe ...
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  1. 1. Conference Report and Conclusions Howard Davies
  2. 2. • Living within natural limits• Demand for ever-higher standards of living • 7% per year • Doubling every 10 years • Increase by over a factor of 100 in a lifetime
  3. 3. 1 Qatar 18.72 Ghana 13.5 List of countries by real GDP3 Mongolia 11.5 growth rate (2011)4 Turkmenistan 9.95 Iraq 9.6 GDP - the increase in value of6 China 9.5 all final goods and services7 Papua New Guinea 9.0 produced within a nation in a8 Argentina 8.8 given year9 Turkey 8.510 Sri Lanka 8.3 Most of these goods and11 Laos 8.3 services come from natural11 Eritrea 8.2 resources12 Bhutan 8.113 India 7.814 Ethiopia 7.515 Panama 7.416 Timor-Leste 7.317 Mozambique 7.218 Afghanistan 7.119 Equatorial Guinea 7.120 Uzbekistan 7.121 Kyrgyzstan 7.0
  4. 4. Ecosystems Approach - Principles Sustainable Use Conservation Equity
  5. 5. We need to stop buying things we don’t needWith money we don’t have To create impressions that won’t lastOn people we don’t like ……because the economy, society and the environment are fundamentally linked, and if we don’t realise this now, we soon will
  6. 6. • More• Bigger• Better• Joined‘Landscape’ – an art gallery with no interesting pictures?
  7. 7. England’s wildlife is haemorrhaging at a truly alarming rate • More than 40% of our priority habitats in decline • More than 30% of our priority species in decline • We do need the pictures in the gallery
  8. 8. • Worrying deterioration• Needs to be some prioritisation• “Natural Beauty” allows us to bring together a whole range of attributes – the review of management plans gives us and opportunity• We do need pictures in the gallery• To better value the environment we may well need to engage more fully with economists and social scientists
  9. 9. New tools to get the job done• Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs), providing bigger, connected sites for wildlife to live in and adapt to climate change.• Biodiversity offsetting – new way for developers to ensure we don’t lose wildlife sites and make them better by making and improving other sites.• Local Nature Partnerships to strengthen joined-up action across local agencies and organisations• Natural Resource Management Planning, a spatial framework for mapping ecosystem services opportunities in Wales• Defra’s Terrestrial Biodiversity Group, NAAONB and ENPAA represented
  10. 10. A land owners perspective•You can talk, push, manage and influence but land managers are needed tohelp deliver. We are willing but need support.•Strong leadership from government is required, plus plenty of collaboration•The importance of tax incentives•There is real importance in understanding the realities of managing the landand the true costs involved.
  11. 11. Landscape scale?protected landscapeshave been doing thisfor ages
  12. 12. There’s been joined-up, innovative‘Nature Improvement’ in AONBsand National Parks for many years
  13. 13. • NIAs (and LNPs) are ‘a good thing’ and we have risen to their challenge with some innovative stuff. Long-term support for the underpinning concept is vital.• We need to keep raising our game. We must be prepared to fail if necessary and come back better and stronger
  14. 14. • The Northern Upland Chain - a consortia of the willing• 2000 square miles of collaboration by design (not accident)
  15. 15. Morecambe Bay Limestones & Wetlands NatureImprovement Area • 200 priority species • People, people, people and the environment
  16. 16. “Together we must be better“•More, bigger, better, more joined up - in PLs its do-able•Store flood water in nature reserves, not living rooms!•We need to make a positive choice – doing nothing is not an optionRob Stoneman, CEO, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  17. 17. “We need to be active to remain sustainable”•Water is at the heart of our way of living•Its no longer just a ‘nice thing to do’Jean Spencer, Director or Regulation, Anglian Water
  18. 18. Endorsement by Richard Benyon MP, UnderSecretary of State, Defra “I think you do heroic work” “Really impressive vision and drive” “Landscape scale is important and understood by AONBs” “more strategic and integrated approach – will encourage greener design and sustainable“AONBs are key” development”
  19. 19. “Rebrand you guys” “Sustainability is like wetting yourself whilst wearing a dark suit….or teenage sex” “subvert the dominant paradigm”“nature is a brand – brands are powerfulagents of change”Ed Gillespie, Director and Co-founder, Futerra
  20. 20. When asked his opinion on what AONBs were doing to deliver, he replied“I’m bloody gobsmacked”Professor Sir John LawtonThe NAAONB Fourteenth ConferenceShaping Nature on a Landscape Scale17th -19th July 2012
  21. 21. When asked his opinion on what AONBs were doing to deliver, he replied“I’m bloody gobsmacked”Professor Sir John LawtonThe NAAONB Fourteenth ConferenceShaping Nature on a Landscape Scale17th -19th July 2012

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