Discussing Nature Recovery – An Event

On Wednesday 6th March, the CCRI will be hosting an exciting interactive discussion aimed at those with a broad interest in delivering nature recovery, shaping the policy that underpins it as well as delivering the research that informs it.

The event itself will have two interlinked aims:

  • Assess the role for a national strategic approach to develop and shape current and future projects.
  • Consider the benefits of a Community of Practice to share best practice and deliver effective nature recovery projects.

This interactive event brings together those who are delivering nature recovery, provide advice and support and those who are undertaking research in this area.  The growth of peer-to-peer networks within farming, notably around regenerative farming, has shown the benefit and value of knowledge exchange and the added social benefits this brings. Here the level of advice and support is matched by the collaboration between practitioners and researchers. Does this provide an approach that would benefit nature recovery projects?

There is currently no such platform or mechanism for nature recovery and yet it is a growing policy area and there are around 100 such projects across England. 

The value of a strategic overview using existing datasets, is that it will underline where such projects are best placed as well as highlighting evidence of gaps within such datasets.  Given the current priorities on Local Nature Recovery, a national oversight seems a necessary step.

This event will take place at the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls campus from 10.00am until 4.00pm. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact ccri@glos.ac.uk by 23rd February including any specialist access or dietary requirements.

Please note, that due to high demand we have been able to secure a larger capacity venue and therefore have a very limited number of additional places available (~20 as of 19th February). Should we reach capacity, we will begin a waiting list. Sadly we cannot guarantee attendance for those on the waiting list. We will endeavour to ensure that all those granted a place do attend so as to avoid disappointment for others.

A draft agenda is provided below:

10:00Coffee and registration 
10:30Welcome and introduction to the dayChris Short (CCRI)
10:40Shaping a strategic framework for nature recoveryChenie Prudhomme (Sapperton Wilder) & Mark O’Connell (University of Gloucestershire)
11:15Discussion and questionsChaired by Matt Reed (CCRI Director)
11:30Potential for Citizen Science within Nature Recovery projects: Hedgerow survey at Sapperton WilderRhian Brimble, Tamara White and Chris Short (CCRI, University of Gloucestershire)
12:15Practical challenges of nature recovery projectsTBC
12:45Lunch & networking 
13:45Policy & NBS and nature recoveryChris Short (CCRI)
14:00Knowledge and advice needs for nature recoveryJosh Davis (CCRI)
14:30Nature recovery: a community of practice?Panel discussion (TBC)
15:00Afternoon tea 
15:15Feedback from RapporteursTBC
15:15Concluding remarks and next stepsOpen session