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IUCN National Committee UK AGM and Conference
By SuperUser Account 24 Mar 2014
You are invited to the 2014 IUCN National Committee UK AGM and Conference.
The theme of this year's meeting will be "Nature-based solutions to flood management problems" and there will be presentations by, and discussions with, experts who will give an insight into this issue which has been very prominent in the public domain recently.

Non-members are also invited to the Conference although priority will be given to members if the Conference is over-subscribed.

Date: 30th May 2014

Venue: WWF-UK
The Living Planet Centre, Rufford House, Brewery Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4LL
(easily accessible from London Waterloo station)
Provisional Agenda 

10.30 - Welcome

10.45 till 12.00 - Speakers and discussions

12.00 to 13.00 - Lunch, during which time the AGM will take place

13.00 to 15.30 - Speakers and discussions

15.30 - Closing remarks


"Nature-based solutions to flood management problems"

Flooding impacts and causes are a significant and relevant issue in the UK – the Conference will therefore explore the best holistic approaches to alleviating and managing these impacts and what role ‘nature-based' solutions have to play.

Provisional speakers so far agreed to speak at the Members Meeting are:

Chair Stuart Brooks, Chief Executive , John Muir Trust

Jonathan Hughes, IUCN Regional Councillor (West Europe) and CEO Scottish Wildlife Trust - An international perspective 

Prof Ed Maltby, Professor Emeritus of Wetland Science, Water & Ecosystem Management, School of Environmental Science, University of Liverpool - An update on the Ecosystem Approach

Kathy Hughes and Dave Tickner, WWF-UK Freshwater Team - WWF’s work on UK chalk streams and water stewardship; taking a catchment approach

Jack Rhodes, RSPB Water Policy Officer - Natural flood resilience - ways of increasing certainty, engagement & sensible use of floodplains 

Prof Philip J Boon, Head, Ecosystems and Biodiversity Unit, Scottish Natural Heritage - An introduction to the IUCN NCUK River Restoration project, Jack Rhodes, RSPB Water Policy Officer - Natural flood resilience.

Alastair Driver, Nature Conservation Manager, The Environment Agency - Multiple benefits of river
and wetland restoration.
Sandra Manning-Jones, Project Officer, The Woodland Trust -Trees on the River Uck project.
If you expect to attend the Conference and AGM please advise Chris Mahon at [email protected] of your intention. 
There is no charge for this event and lunch will be provided