Nature in Danger: Protecting our Environment in a Changing World
Being more connected to nature is known to bring enormous benefits to individuals and communities, but is Bristol’s wildlife and natural spaces under threat? Can we develop and grow as a region while still protecting our natural environment? What impact will Brexit and local authority budget cuts have?
Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s nature-themed Quarterly Partnership Gathering is an opportunity to explore the challenges, share information about some of the fantastic projects already taking place in our area, and identify what we can do to ensure nature is protected and celebrated in the years ahead. We believe that everyone in the city has a role to play, and that working together is the best way to have real impact.
If you are a business, local group or individual who cares about the environment you live and work in, please join us at this event to share your ideas and expertise, and learn how to be more involved.
We will be exploring how nature relates to sustainable food, energy, health, transport and housing as well as addressing important questions around how we can work together to increase volunteering, collaborate better with researchers, and ensure engagement in nature conservation is more accessible to Bristol’s diverse communities.
We will have speakers from organisations such as the Avon Wildlife Trust, the West of England Nature Partnership, Bristol Parks Forum and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, as well as stalls from a variety of different groups and breakout discussions on a range of topics. See below for the agenda.
The Quarterly Gathering also offers the chance to hear updates from Bristol Green Capital Partnership and provides a unique space to meet and connect with other members from a wide range of organisations.
Interested in hosting a table or stall?
If your group or organisation would like to host a breakout discussion on an issue related to nature, or have a stand or stall to promote the work that you’re doing to a diverse audience, please get in touch with our Partnership Development Manager asap to register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is supported by a Bristol Natural History Consortium project, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, to engage the public around challenging issues in environmental science and build collaboration between researchers and public groups on projects covering key issues including pollution, green infrastructure, energy, climate change, invasive species, rewilding and pollinators. Read more at: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/latest/news/nerc/funded-pe-projects/
2.30 Registration and stalls
2.50 Welcome and BGCP update
3.00 Introduction – setting the scene
3.10 Bristol 2015 Nature Projects
3.20 Nature & Development: Planning for Green Infrastructure across the West of England
3.30 Severn Vision : Unlocking the Potential of the Estuary
3.40 Nature Friendly Farming: The Community Farm
3.50 Mobilising communities to care for nature: My Wild City
4.00 Nature conservation post-Brexit: what does Brexit mean for environmental protections & how can we ensure protection for wildlife is maintained?
4.10 Breakout discussions:
– How do we mobilise support for nature?
– Unlocking the energy of the estuary; a natural capital approach
– Expanding the Green Infrastructure Network
– How can the public and voluntary sectors, business and communities work together to increase volunteering and community engagement with parks and green spaces?
– Growing food with nature
– Reaching mainstream audiences: Festival of Nature
– Diversity in Nature: Black2Nature & Green & Black Ambassadors
– A dose of nature: Nature and health/well-being
– Connecting students with your nature projects