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DEFRA 25-year plan chief to address ENDS natural capital event

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Nick Barter DEFRA
Nick Barter, DEFRA

The senior DEFRA civil servant responsible for implementing the government’s flagship 25-Year Environment Plan has been confirmed as a speaker at a major conference on natural capital due to take place next month.

Nick Barter, deputy director for natural environment strategy at DEFRA, will give a keynote presentation at the ENDS Natural Capital Conference, due to take place in London on Wednesday 27 June.

Barter was responsible for developing and now implementing the Government’s main environmental policy, its 25-year plan for the environment. He also manages the secretariat to the independent committee that advises the government on natural capital, the Natural Capital Committee.

Barter will join other senior figures at the event, including Environment Agency chair Emma Howard-Boyd and speakers from Natural England and utility firms Yorkshire Water and United Utilities.

The natural capital approach, which featured strongly in the 25-Year Environment Plan, seeks to place a  value on all the the benefits nature provides so that society and business fully appreciate its contribution and do not damage it beyond repair.

The ENDS Natural Capital Conference will bring together people from around the country who want to develop a natural capital approach and are keen to explore what the next phase of piloting might look like.

Conference delegates will hear best practice natural capital approaches and learn how natural capital valuation is influencing strategic decision making.

Barter will be joined at the conference by:

  • Emma Howard-Boyd, chair, Environment Agency
  • Alan Law, chief strategy and reform officer, Natural England
  • Tim Sunderland, principal specialist in economics, Natural England
  • Gordon Rogers, manager of sustainability and strategy, Yorkshire Water
  • Natalie Pullin, project lead, Natural Capital Coalition
  • Ian Ellison, senior manager - sustainability, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Jonathan Dobson, sustainability strategy manager, United Utilities

For further information, or to book a place, please click here.

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