Sign up now for the Oxford Nature Recovery Symposium
This is the last chance to sign up for the Oxford Nature Recovery Symposium.
There has been a recent surge of interest in the science of nature recovery in the UK. This has aligned with recent changes in national and international policy, such as the 2021 Environment Act and Town and Country Planning Act, and the Global Biodiversity Framework agreed in Montreal in December 2022. Spatial prioritization models, supported by data on ecosystem services, biodiversity, social and financial costs, have been used to design Nature Recovery Networks and to explore the trade-offs and synergies between differing objectives including nature conservation, food production, housing, energy and infrastructure.
However, there is still much to do if science is to effectively inform decision-making. The Oxford Nature Recovery Symposium will bring together researchers alongside members of the government, industry and civil society, to discuss how science could best be deployed to support decisions for nature recovery. The aims are to:
- Highlight the work being done by researchers to understand the potential impacts of land use decisions on biodiversity, people, and landscape integrity, both empirical and conceptual and using a range of methodological approaches – in the UK and overseas.
- Explore synergies and gaps in the science currently being carried out to inform nature recovery in the UK, including Biodiversity Net Gain and the implementation of the Environment Act.
- Understand different perspectives on the main questions which still need to be addressed in order to support effective land use planning in the UK.
The symposium is small and highly interactive, based around discussion groups rather than speeches. The goal is to promote collaboration and to support the generation of new ideas. The insights generated will feed directly into the Natural England Conference on Nature Recovery, to be held at the Royal Geographical Society directly afterwards, on 30th and 31st March 2023.
The Oxford Nature Recovery Symposium will take place March 27th and 28th, 2023 and the deadline to to sign up has been extended to February 17th. Please view the flyer for for more information on the event and for details on how to sign up.