Conference 2011

The Thirteenth Annual Conference – National Issues – Local Solutions took place at Tremough Campus, Penryn, Cornwall between 5th – 7th July 2011.
All sessions and postings from the 2011 conference are archived below.

NAAONB CEO Howard Davies reflects on the 2011 national conference

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The Bowland Award

The Bowland Award is awarded annually by the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB) for “the best project, best practice or outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs)”.

In the International Year of Volunteering, the NAAONB Board sought to reward examples of voluntary work at a local level that could be used by the AONB Family to deliver at a landscape scale nationally. Continue reading

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Conference Report

At the end of the conference, Howard Davies presents his conference report.

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Q & A discussion report – Day Three

Discussion One

Dave Wood to Natural England Chair Poul Christensen, asking about the timetable for area designation. Poul responded that he understood the frustrations but stated that they were looking at the process and hoped to have this complete by the end of the year.

There was then a comment from the floor that he should look at
increase their planning resource and the number of people available to help with landscape planning issues which are perhaps considered a ‘Cinderella in planning.’

Discussion Two

A representative from Kent Downs AONB raised the subject of biodiversity offsets.

Morgan Parry (CCW) said much was being done in an urban context but there was much wider scope to be more creative at a landscape scale. Natural England supported this view claiming huge potential but that DEFRA need to be brave and develop a framework for this to happen.

Discussion Three

A question from the floor about CoaST funding.

Manda Brookman (CoaST) responded that they were a social enterprise and that there was no one source but that their funds came through a variety of partnerships.

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Following her presentation to conference, Manda Brookman from CoaST shares the key points from her presentation

Following her presentation to conference, Manda Brookman from CoaST presents the three key points from her talk.

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A sustainable future for protected landscapes by Manda Brookman, CoaST

Manda Brookman from CoaST presented at the conference. Find out more about CoaST at www.coastproject.co.uk

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Poul Christensen, CBE, Natural England

Poul Christensen, Chair, Natural England delivered a speech on the final day of the conference.

In his speech, Poul shared views on the localism agenda and other related agendas and remarked that there are lots of changes coming ahead. He spoke about ‘growth and development’ and that our natural environment is under threat more than ever before.

Natural England acknowledges and praises the role of AONBs and wider protected landscapes. Poul remarked that AONBs deliver a phenomenal amount through a very small resource and this was delivered with passion and in partnership.   Continue reading

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Morgan Parry, CCW, talks to Dave Dixon following his presentation at the conference


Morgan Parry, Chair of Countryside Council for Wales discussing the key points from his presentation at the conference.

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Morgan Parry, Chair, The Countryside Council for Wales

Morgan Parry, Chair of The Countryside Council for Wales presented at the conference. Find out more about CCW at www.ccw.gov.uk.

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