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Key Note Speaker - Tony Juniper

Conserving the people - why we need biodiversity in our towns and cities

Tony Juniper

Short Biography

Tony Juniper is an independent sustainability and environment advisor, including as Special Advisor with the Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit, Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and as co-founder of sustainability consultancy group Robertsbridge.

He is President of the Wildlife Trusts, President of the Society for the Environment and a trustee of Fauna and Flora International and Resurgence-Ecologist and a Harmony Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity St David. Juniper speaks and writes widely on conservation and sustainability themes and is the author of many books, including the multi-award winning best-seller What has Nature ever done for us? published in 2013.

He began his career as an ornithologist, working with Birdlife International. From 1990 he worked at Friends of the Earth, initially leading the campaign for the tropical rainforests, and from 2003-2008 was the organisation's executive director. From 2000-2008 was Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International.

Juniper was the first recipient of the Charles and Miriam Rothschild medal (2009) and was awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the Universities of Bristol and Plymouth (2013). His latest book, the Ladybird guide to climate change, co-authored with HRH The Prince of Wales and Emily Shuckburgh, was published in January 2017. www.tonyjuniper.com, twitter:@tonyjuniper.com

Conference presentation

A rapidly growing body of research reveals how urban wildlife shapes outcomes that are important to all of us. While encouraging Nature in towns and cities has often been seen as a conservation issue, it is equally a social and economic agenda. By encouraging wildlife into the places where most of us live a range of ever more tangible benefits can be gained. This ever more obvious fact is, however, at best only weakly reflected in planning and housing policy and in the design choices of construction companies and developers.

From health and well-being to flood risk reduction and from the pollination of allotment vegetables to property prices, the state of urban biodiversity has a fundamental bearing on the liveability of our urban areas.