The National Chalk Stream Restoration Strategy – what does it mean for the Chilterns? – On-Line Conference

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The National Chalk Stream Restoration Strategy – what does it mean for the Chilterns? – On-Line Conference

11 February at 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Free

The Chiltern Society Chalk Rivers Action Group (CRAG) would like to invite you to our third chalk stream conference:

“The National Chalk Stream Restoration Strategy – what does it mean for the Chilterns?”

Chair: The Rt Hon Earl Howe as Patron of the Chiltern Society

The National Chalk Stream Strategy – launched October 2021 – will be presented by its author, Charles Rangeley-Wilson. A panel of water industry and government leaders will be asked to reflect how they are translating the strategy into action for Chiltern chalk streams,  highlighting progress since we last met in October 2020.

Agenda:

Welcome and introduction to the Chiltern Society: Catherine Moncrieff

Importance of Chiltern Chalk Streams: Earl Howe

The Chalk Stream Restoration Strategy: Charles Rangeley-Wilson

Panel discussion, chaired by Earl Howe:

– Richard Aylard Thames Water
– Paul Hickey Ofwat/RAPID
– Elaine King Chilterns Conservation Board
– Stuart Ledger Affinity Water
– Sam Lumb Environment Agency
– Charles Rangeley-Wilson – Chair National Chalk Stream Restoration Group

Questions and comments from the audience (15-20 mins)

Closing remarks: Earl Howe and Cat Moncrieff

Background

In October 2021 a National Chalk Stream Restoration Strategy was launched on the banks of the River Mimram – with speeches of support  from Environment Minister Rebecca Pow, Environment Agency Chair Emma Howard-Boyd, Natural England Chair Tony Juniper and  Thames Water CEO Sarah Bentley. The strategy includes an up-to-date analysis of the issues facing chalk streams and recommendations to  bring about their ecological revival.

The strategy was compiled by the Catchment Based Approach Chalk Stream Restoration Group led by  Charles Rangeley-Wilson – a group of experts and representatives of NGOs, the government and water companies. The strategy’s  development was prompted by the Chalk Stream Action Group (CRAG), which was spearheaded by Chiltern Society members and helped to raise chalk streams up the political and water industry agendas in 2019and 2020. The Chiltern Society also provided feedback on the draft strategy.

This event is the third Chalk Rivers Conference hosted by the Chiltern Society. At this event, Charles Rangeley-Wilson will present the strategy, focusing on the elements of relevance to the Chilterns. We will then hear from a panel of key decision-makers about what they are doing to make the strategy a reality in the Chilterns.

Please register via the Microsoft Teams link here and you will be sent a link for the conference.

You can join from 1.50pm for a prompt start at 2.00pm and you may be kept in the lobby until we’re ready to begin.

We’ll do our best to turn everyone’s camera and microphones off as you join, but if you do find yours are on, please switch them off.

If you’d like to ask a question during the Q&A session, please use the chat function and let us know if you’d be happy to come on camera and ask your question to the panel.

To submit a question ahead of time, please email them to: boardroom@chilternsociety.org.uk.  We’ll answer some during the session and respond to others afterwards.

Please note we’ll be recording the session, so please don’t worry if you can no longer take part or if you experience any technical issues.

For further information contact Lucy Davies at ldavies@chilternsociety.org.uk.

Details

Date:
11 February
Time:
2:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event or Activitiy Category:

Venue

On Line (Microsoft Teams)
Full details to follow

Organiser

Lucy Davies
Phone:
01494 490746
Email:
lucydavies@chilternsociety.org.uk