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Future flood prevention

By Robert Lyons on 9th November 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has published its Second Report of Session 2016-17 on future flood prevention. 

Green Alliance’s new report examines the pressures which agriculture is under – to increase production, reduce its environmental impact and eliminate its dependence on public subsidy. 

Researchers from Lancaster University and Save the Children have produced a new report on a study exploring children’s and young people’s experiences of the UK winter 2013/14 floods, in which they worked with them to develop ways of improving policy and practice to provide better support and enhance resilience.  

They found a number of factors which impacted on children’s wellbeing, including:

State of the UK’s Public Parks 2016

By Editor on 14th September 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

This second report on the UK’s Public Parks, published by the Heritage Lottery Fund, highlights the continuing downward trend in the condition of parks over the past two years and the danger that many parks and green spaces may fall back to a state of decline and neglect as a result of pressure on public finances.

CPRE’s new report is the first in a series of ‘Food and Farming Foresight’ papers, designed to encourage debate about the future of farming.  Brexit gives the opportunity to shape a new national vision and policies for farming and this paper suggests policies to build a resilient, financially stable and dynamic farming industry that works for communities and the environment. 

Key recommendations are to:

Date and Time: 
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 09:00 to 13:00

Cardiff

This seminar, organised by Policy Forum for Wales, is timed to follow the publication of the first State of Natural Resources Report from Natural Resources Wales and comes ahead of the statutory National Natural Resources Policy, due to be published in Spring 2017.  Keynote addresses will be given by Matthew Bell, chief executive, Committee on Climate Change and Mike Evans, head of evidence, knowledge and advice, Natural Resources Wales. 

This study by researchers at Plymouth University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, looked beyond the immediate benefit of beach cleaning on the local environment and examined the well-being, educational value and behavioural intentions of participants, compared with other coastal activities such as rock pooling or walking.  It found that the environment was perceived as less restorative when engaging in a beach clean but that the activity was more meaningful than the others. 

The Adaptation Sub-Committee of the UK Committee on Climate Change has produced an Evidence Report on the risks and opportunities to the UK from climate change, to inform the second (five-yearly) Climate Change Risk Assessment, to be presented to Parliament in 2017.

The report highlights the top six areas of inter-related climate change risks for the UK:

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 13:00 to Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 15:30

Pitlochry

Outdoor Recreation Network’s conference will examine how behaviour influences people’s choices in outdoor recreation and active lifestyles. Aimed at practitioners, policy-makers, academics and other stakeholders, delegates will gain insights into models of human behaviour and how to apply behavioural change knowledge to promote outdoor recreation and encourage active lifestyles.

Learning from the UK’s Biosphere Reserves

By Editor on 15th June 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 13:00 to 14:00

Webinar

UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme was initiated in 1972 and some would say it was the grandfather of landscape-scale approaches and was ahead of its time. The UK now has five fully functioning Biosphere Reserves.

Andy Bell, who established the UK's first modern style Biosphere Reserve, will present examples from the Man and the Biosphere Programme in the UK and how the reserves are connecting people and nature at the landscape scale in a wholly integrated way. 

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