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Navigating and delivering biodiversity net gain

Discover how biodiversity net gain is helping the construction and the built environment limit environmental concerns.

There is no doubt that human activities are driving biodiversity down. A 2021 study from London's Natural History Museum highlights that almost half of Britain’s natural biodiversity has disappeared over the centuries, mostly due to farming and urban spread. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species shows that 40k+ species are threatened with extinction, including 41% of studied amphibians, 26% of mammals, and 34% of conifers.

Despite this strong decline, there is hope for a world where development and natural habitat goes hand in hand. International leaders are working towards a Biodiversity Framework, while the United Kingdom is spearheading ambitious legislations.

CIRIA's Biodiversity Community of Practice member Richard Thomas (Trustmgt Ltd) states that “the Environmental Act 2021 and Biodiversity Net Gain are the most seismic pieces of environmental legislation to be introduced for a long a time.” Indeed it has already changed how the construction industry integrates biodiversity in its processes. Soon to become mandatory (expected by Winter 2023), our industry is keen on getting ready to deliver Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG).

This webinar will highlight how the construction industry is moving towards BNG, and despite sometimes challenging draft regulations, how it is achieving biodiversity while delivering on the many associated benefits. Biodiversity advocates will present today’s biodiversity context and evolution alongside practitioners already delivering BNG.

Biodiversity Interest Group Community of Practice
CIRIA's Biodiversity CoP is leading knowledge-sharing amongst biodiversity practitioners and stakeholders. Join the Community to add your voice to the conversation. This CoP produces webinars and manages the BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards. For more information and to get involved in the Biodiversity Interest Group CoP,  please contact Adrien Baudrimont.

Biodiversity Interest Group Community of Practice members
  • Arc Consulting
  • Arcadis
  • BAM Nuttall
  • EHM
  • Heathrow
  • Kier
  • Marshalls
  • National Highways
  • Thames Water
  • Trustmgt
  • Wildflower Turf
Why attend
  • Understand the importance of protecting and enhancing biodiversity in construction.
  • Gain inspiration to add biodiversity components to your projects from design to delivery.
  • Discover how the built environment sector is championing biodiversity net gain.
  • Learn about the new Biodiversity Interest Group Community of Practice, its mission and objectives, membership benefits and upcoming events.
  • Earn valuable CPD.

Who should attend
Architects, clients, consultants, contractors, developers, house builders, local authorities, planners and master planners, regulators, ecologists, landscape architects, and anyone with an interest in the environment and biodiversity.

Tuesday 28 June 2022
11:00 – 12:45

11:00 Welcome and introduction
CIRIA’s new Community of Practice: Biodiversity Interest Group
Adrien Baudrimont, Research Manager, CIRIA

11:10 CIRIA biodiversity net gain principles: setting the scene
Tom Butterworth, Head of Ecology, WSP

11:25 Beyond biodiversity net gain: delivering environmental net gain
Martina Girvan, Technical Director and Head of Ecology and
Arboriculture and Natural Capital Community of Practice, Arcadis

11:40 BNG and urban spaces: a rich opportunity
Ian Boyd, Director, Arc Consulting

11:55 The benefits of master planning BNG – from design to delivery
Brandon Murray, Associate Technical Director, Arcadis

12:10 Local planning authorities and retrofitting green estate for BNG
Zoe Hilditch, Environmental Technical OfficerCormac Solutions Ltd Melissa Ralph, Making Space for Nature - Project Lead, Cornwall Council

12:25 Interactive discussion and Q&A
Moderator: Martina Girvan, Technical Director and Head of Ecology and
Arboriculture and Natural Capital Community of Practice, Arcadis

12:40 Closing remarks


 Biodiversity Interest Group Community of Practice members*
 (Arc Consulting, Arcadis, BAM Nuttall, EHM, Heathrow, Kier, Marshalls, National Highways, Thames Water, Trustmgt, Wildflower Turf) 
 Free to attend 
 CIRIA members**
 £40 + VAT
 £45 + VAT
*   Please complete and return the booking form to James Nguyen to register.
** Please register online.

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