About the Conference

Tuesday 16th July – Thursday 18th July 2013   University College Suffolk

Conference logosThe Board of the National Association for AONBs (NAAONB) and the Dedham Vale, Norfolk Coast, Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB Partnerships and the Broads Authority are pleased to welcome you to Landscapes for Life – Conference 2013.

The theme for this year’s conference is water. Management of water is one of the most important challenges that the global economy will face over the next decade. Landscapes for Life – Conference 2013 has brought you all together to discuss the part that the UK’s Protected Landscape Family has in ensuring that our water systems are well managed and our environment is safeguarded for future generations.

Our three days of presentations, discussion, networking and site visits will look at the links between water and natural beauty and set out the challenges and changes ahead. National issues will be addressed and the way Protected Landscape teams are working in partnership with local authorities, Government bodies, landowners, utility providers, regulators and others to develop innovative solutions to manage our most precious resource will be shared.

Speakers which include Defra Minister, Richard Benyon MP, academics, water companies, the Environment Agency, Natural England, National Farmers Union and local partnerships will discuss and develop a vision for the future where Protected Landscapes play an important and integral role in water risk management.

Site visits to the iconic lowland landscape of Constable Country, the ‘fossilised’ dune systems of the Norfolk Coast and Suffolk Coasts, and the recreational landscape which is The Broads will highlight the work that local people are undertaking.

I look forward to lively debate and discussion which will result in useful practical action throughout the UK’s Protected Landscapes. I am sure that delegates will leave the conference with the knowledge that the AONB Family is working hard to protect our most valuable resource, ensuring that AONBs remain Landscapes for Life.

Thank you for joining us.

Philip Hygate

Sponsors of the Landscapes for Life 2013 Conference