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Defra and Natural England launch guidance on the biodiversity duty for public authorities

Under the biodiversity duty, public authorities must consider how to conserve biodiversity in all their actions. Defra and Natural England have published guidance on how this should be achieved. …More Information

Autumn Conference - Keynote Speaker announced

Autumn Conference - Keynote Speaker announced

Book now and receive free careers advice at the conference if you apply by 24 October! …More Information

CIEEM Awards 2015 open for sponsorship

CIEEM Awards 2015 open for sponsorship

We are proud of what our profession contributes to a more sustainable environment. There is much to celebrate! The 2015 Awards build on the success of our 2014 celebrations. They reflect the scope and success of our profession and those companies and organisations working to deliver better outcomes for nature and for society. …More Information

Europe adopts Invasive Alien Species Regulation

On 29 September the EU adopted legislation that will tackle the rapidly growing threat to biodiversity from invasive species. The Regulation is a crucial step towards achieving the EU's 2020 biodiversity targets, while also delivering on a commitment under the Convention on Biological Diversity to establish rules to address the threats posed by these species. …More Information

Ecological Capacity in Local Planning Authorities

On 11th September the All Party Parliamentary Group on Biodiversity (APPGB) held a meeting in the House of Commons to consider the importance of Ecological Capacity in Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) for the UK’s commitments to biodiversity, but also as an integral part of the efficient and appropriate delivery of housing and infrastructure needs in the UK. Presentations were heard from Mike Oxford CEcol FCIEEM (Association of Local Government Ecologists), Penny Simpson (Freeths LLP), Ryan Mellor CEnv MCIEEM (URS) and John Harrison CEnv MCIEEM (formerly Shropshire County Council). The key conclusions and recommendations of the meeting have been sent to relevant Ministers and Shadow Ministers at DCLG, Defra and BIS asking for direct meetings on the subject. …More Information

Scotland votes to remain part of the UK

Scotland votes to remain part of the UK

In the referendum on independence from the UK, Scotland has voted to remain part of the United Kingdom by a small majority. …More Information

Meeting with Natural England re Protected Species Licensing

Meeting with Natural England re Protected Species Licensing

CIEEM President John Box, Chief Executive Sally Hayns and Andrew Baker (Baker Associates) met with Natural England on 16 September 2014 to discuss increasing member concerns about the current approach to protected species licensing. …More Information

Natural England Licensing

CIEEM has recently written to Natural England regarding problems with EPS licensing. CIEEM will be working with Natural England on these issues.
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Rob Strachan Obituary

Rob Strachan Obituary

Rob Strachan, ecologist and author of The Water Vole Conservation Handbook, died in May following a short illness. Most recently, Rob worked as Biodiversity Technical Specialist with Natural Resources Wales focusing on Priority Biodiversity Action Plan species and habitats associated with wetlands and rivers. He was the author of a great many publications on water vole, otter, mink and pine marten, but also of several books with broad public appeal, such as The Mammal Detective. …More Information

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