Biodiversity offsetting – what is it and how does it deliver for the environment and a farming business?

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Event Date: 10 September 2019
Contact: Jane Hampson
Telephone: 07780 159291
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1.30pm – 4.00pm
National Farmers’ Union, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

Biodiversity offsets are conservation activities in one location that compensate for losses in another (e.g. following housing developments). Landowners are ideal candidates to create new habitats – such as ponds, woodlands and hedgerows – to replace those that have been lost. Warwickshire County Council is looking for landowners who would like to enter long-term funding agreements that can cover 100% of the costs. This event will provide an overview of biodiversity offsetting, the National Farmers Union’s perspective and an opportunity to air your views to shape the future.

There are a few rules that will need to be complied with through the legal agreement, but otherwise it could be up to you. So, if you could write your own grant scheme what would you include?

Our itinerary for the event is as follows:

1:30 Lunch courtesy of the NFU
2:00 Introduction to Offsetting – David Lowe (WCC)
2:15 NFU perspective – Sarah Faulkner (NFU)
2:30 Covenants – Hannah Harrison (NFU)
2:45 WCC Legal Agreements and a Case Study – David Lowe (WCC) / Landowner
3:00 Questions and Answers
3:15 Workshop introductions
3:45 Round up
4:00 Refreshments and home

During the workshops we will be discussing your opinion on what you would like to write into your own funding agreement:

• What would be your payment preferences – standard regular payments (index linked), annual payments as per management forecast or a bit of both?
• What claw-back clause would you be willing to pay for?

• And how flexible could an agreement be?

Places are limited at this free event so please book early with Jane Hampson.

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