Navigating Conservation Covenants: Safeguarding England’s Wildlife and Natural Environment

Confirmed speakers:

  • Andrew Williams, Wildlife Policy Advisor, DEFRA
  • Richard Broadbent, Head of Legal Services, Natural England
  • Professor Nicholas Hopkins, Commissioner, Law Commission
  • Claire Robinson, Senior Countryside Advisor, National Farmers Union
  • Paul Morling, Principal Economist, RSPB
  • Harry Greenfield, Senior Land Use Policy Adviser, CLA
  • Tom Butterworth, Technical Director, Biodiversity, WSP (Chair)


Legislation on ‘Conservation Covenants’ is being considered for the Government’s forthcoming Environment Bill in order to improve the environment. Conservation Covenants are private, legally binding agreements that deliver lasting conservation benefits for public good. A recent consultation sought views on (1) the potential and suitability of the statutory mechanism to introduce conservation covenants, (2) the safeguards that need to be included and (3) possible unintended consequences.

Join Westminster Briefing on the 26th of June for an overview of conservation covenants proposals. We will examine current Government plans and Law Commission proposals in this area, future developments and how conservation covenants could work in practice.

Key issues to be addressed include:

  • Overview of the Government’s consideration of conservation covenants proposals for the Environment Bill
  • Understanding and Defining Conservation Covenants
  • The Law Commission’s proposals in this area
  • Ensuring the legacy of sustainable developments
  • Entering into arrangements that conserve the natural environment
  • Working with legal specialists, landowners, conservation specialists, responsible bodies and local authorities
  • Securing and managing permanent land-management obligations
  • Safeguards to ensure covenants are not abused

About the event:

The morning session of the event will focus upon the Government timescales, actions and next steps in considering to introduce Conservation Covenants as part of the forthcoming Environment Bill and the legal changes that are occurring in this area.

The afternoon session will focus upon working with Conservation Covenants in practice, entering into agreements that conserve the natural environment for years to come and working in partnership with different stakeholders.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in Conservation Covenants, including, but not limited to; Landowners; Biodiversity Specialists; Ecologists; Wildlife Trusts; Legal specialists in this area; Environmental Consultants and Environmental Groups.

Further information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

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Wednesday 26th June 2019


11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place: £345 | 2+ Places: £295 each


Public Sector & Not for Profit | 1 Place: £255 | 2+ Places: £205 each


Prices above exclude VAT


If you require a booking form, please contact | 0207 593 5657

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