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2015 Autumn Conference

Reconnecting People and Nature: Opportunities and Challenges

3-4 November 2015, Sheffield

Biographies and Abstracts

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Conference presentations can be downloaded below. Please click the presentation title to download a PDF version.


Keynote presentation: Making even more space for nature? A parable from Chernobyl

CIEEM Patron Professor Sir John Lawton


Keynote presentation: Connecting with Nature – We will only protect what we value

Stuart Brooks, Chief Executive, John Muir Trust


Life’s Better with Trees

Richard Barnes MCIEEM, Woodland Trust


Using a participatory GIS tool to capture people’s perceptions of cultural ecosystem services and integrating these into decision-making

Marion Frandsen, ADAS


Camley Street Natural Park: Ecosystem services valuation of an urban oasis

Claire Wansbury CEcol CMLI CEnv FCIEEM and Jonathan Guest MIED, Atkins Ltd

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Mapping of Ecosystem Services to Identify Opportunities for Connecting People with Nature in Northumberland

Tom Hartley, Atmos Consulting and Vicki Mordue, EcoNorth Ltd

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A Therapist’s Perspective on the Benefits of Green Space

Jules Price MCIEEM, Atkins Ltd and Fellside Therapies CIC


Good communication connects people with nature

Peter Phillipson MCIEEM, Telltale Ltd.

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A lasting difference: HLF’s investment in people and nature projects

John McMahon, Heritage Lottery Fund


Natural Capital, Rewilding and Biodiversity: Do we need a new narrative to connect people and nature?

Miles King MCIEEM, People Need Nature 

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What we need to do to make the reconnection

Roger Crofts FCIEEM


Nature, Myself and I

Michael Canning Grad CIEEM and Jacqui North


Wetland restoration and renewable energy production – a case study of citizen engagement through economic benefit from the Danube Delta

Paul Goriup CEcol CEnv FCIEEM, Fieldfare International Ecological Development plc


Living Coast –Living Seas: Raising awareness of the coastal and marine environment

Hans Visser, Fingal County Council


Best Practice stakeholder participation

Diana Pound CEnv MCIEEM, Dialogue Matters


Suffolk’s Nature Strategy and its impact on public attitudes to the natural environment

Nick Collinson MCIEEM, Suffolk County Council


Creating a green landscape in London’s West End

Jess Kennedy, Arup and Jane Wakiwaka, The Crown Estate


Engaging new audiences and bridging the skills gap

Stephanie West MCIEEM, Natural History Museum London


Natural Estates – Wilding the landscapes of social housing

Mathew Frith CEnv MCIEEM, London Wildlife Trust


Connecting young people with nature in school grounds

David Hodd CEnv MCIEEM, Learning through Landscapes


Connecting people to places through fieldwork

Nick Lapthorn, Field Studies Council (FSC)