The next WBP Conference is taking place on the 19th and 20th September at the National Museum Cardiff, Wales. The conference is a free event. Booking is now full – please join our waitlist
A major event in the environment calendar, the conference is an opportunity for the biodiversity community in Wales to stocktake our current position on nature recovery, highlight key actions moving forward; and strengthen the links with well-being planning.
Anyone with an interest in biodiversity and ecosystem action in Wales is welcome to attend to discuss, share ideas and collaborate on biodiversity and ecosystem action in Wales. Key players from the public, private and voluntary sectors will be in attendance and the conference is delighted to welcome the Minister for Environment, Hannah Blythyn on the morning of day one. Delegates are welcome to attend the conference on both days or a day of their choice.
Featuring a Ministerial address from Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn AM, key note speakers, practitioner talks and workshops, the conference is a key tool in Wales’ aspirations to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem resilience in Wales and an opportunity to develop nature recovery actions in combination with wider policy initiatives. Networking sessions and opportunities for collaboration and future partnerships are a central theme of the event.
Wales has unique legislation in place to deliver nature recovery and multiple benefits for our environment, economy, and society. The Nature Recovery Action Plan for Wales, the Environment (Wales) Act and future land management reform post-Brexit are central to this approach. The Well-being of Future Generations Act provides a framework for decision-making in the delivery of multiple benefits to current and future generations through well-being planning which need to be reflected in our new approach. The approach sets out the links between environment, health and well-being and the opportunities and challenges which we can address through our plans and actions at multiple scales.
WBP Conference - Overview and Draft Programme version 1 20.07.2018
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Delegates can register for either or both days of the conference. Delegates can also book to join WBP for an evening networking reception hosted at the National Museum Cardiff. The conference is a free event with lunch and refreshments provided. Canapes and soft drinks are provided at the evening networking reception (charges apply for alcoholic drinks).
Please book to reserve your place by the 10th September. Early booking is advised as places are limited, and past conferences have been oversubscribed. Places are generally allocated on a first-come first-served basis but WBP reserves the right to manage the bookings to ensure a representative balance of delegates. Priority will be given to WBP network members and organisations involved with or planning nature conservation and biodiversity enhancement in Wales. Accommodation is to be booked by delegates independently. View planning your visit.
Please contact us if you have any queries.
National Museum Cardiff
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The National Museum Cardiff is easily accessible by train, bus, on foot/by bike or by car. Visit museum.wales/cardiff/visit/location/ for travel information.
Accommodation is to be booked by delegates independently. There are many hotels, guest houses and hostels near to the venue, particularly in the city centre and along Cathedral Rd. These can be found easily online, some examples of which are listed below.
Find out about previous WBP Conferences
The 2016 Wales Biodiversity Partnership Conference was held in Bangor University on 7-8th September, bringing together policy makers, practitioners and industry to share ideas and discuss the opportunities which are to be had in uncertain times.
The first day focused on the National Natural Resource policy and the Nature Recovery Plan for Wales, the second day on biodiversity initiatives being taken forward by industry, and the challenges to achieve the well-being goals in the Well Being of Future Generations Act.
Several speakers addressed the nature of change, and stressed the importance for those involved in nature conservation to adapt and find new ways of working to combat the many challenges. The Conference coincided with the publication of SoNaRR, the State of Natural Resources Report, by Natural Resources Wales, and there was much focus on what this will mean for Wales. Brexit will inevitably bring new ways of working.
Delegates had a choice of attending workshops on SoNaRR, Ancient Woodland Restoration, the Caru Gwenyn project and the Nature Recovery Plan, or a field trip to Cors Erddreiniog on Anglesey. They also partook in several discussion groups and Question and Answer sessions with a panel of speakers.
The Chair summed up the Conference with a call to bring in new partners and engineer a big shift in the ways people think about nature. Problems with funding can often cause difficulties but these can be overcome by addressing the problems in smart and imaginative ways.
7th & 8th September 2016 Bangor University
9th & 10th September 2015 Aberystwyth University
10th & 11th September 2014 Cardiff University
18th & 19th September Bangor University
12th - 13th September; University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd
14th & 15th September Trinity College Carmarthen
15th & 16th September, Bangor University
23 & 24th Nov, Stirling
The conference theme reflected on the new targets for biodiversity at UN and EU levels.
16th & 17th September, University of Glamorgan
‘Delivering for Nature’ 10–11 September 2008, Aberystwyth University
12th & 13th September, Wrexham University
The conference write-up focused on the workshop sessions