Booking Open for ICF National Conference – Programme Announced

Early Birds and Corporate Clout for ICF National Conference

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is pleased to announce it is now taking bookings for its 2013 National Conference in Glasgow on 1 and 2 May. The conference is open to all tree and environmental professionals, not just ICF members, and delegates can take advantage of a special ‘early bird’ rate if they book by 2 April.

The theme this year focuses on Woodlands and the Green Economy – Capitalising on Ecosystems Services, and delivers a programme packed with exceptional speakers and corporate clout.

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, The Scottish Government’s Minister for Environment and Climate Change opens the two-day event and other headline speakers include Dr Stephanie Hime, KPMG Climate Change and Sustainability Services, who will discuss the importance and value of ecosystem services, and Eva Zabey, World Business Council for Sustainable Development who will focus on the issue of sustainable business. They are joined by Simon Petley, Co-Founder and Director, EnviroMarket Ltd who will look at impact investment and sustainable land use, Dr Tom Tew, Chief Executive Officer, The Environment Bank Ltd who will speak on biodiversity off-setting and Judy Ling Wong, UK Director of the Black Environment Network which works to integrate environmental, social and cultural issues in the context of sustainable development.

Delegates will explore: the ecosystem services from which society benefits; market developments in both urban and rural contexts; the challenges associated with privatising biodiversity; the defining of ecosystem services; impact investment and sustainable land use and existing and developing ecosystem service markets.

At the end of the first day the ICF hosts its President’s drinks reception, sponsored by Christie-Elite Nurseries, followed by the popular conference dinner. This year’s after dinner speaker, thanks to assistance from UPM Tilhill, will be the inspiring writer, thinker, and comedian Mark Stevenson, author of the best-selling book An Optimist’s Tour of the Future.

At the end of day two, the conference will close with a talk on Birmingham City Council’s approach to climate change and sustainability from their Nature Conservation and Sustainability Manager, Nick Grayson. A fitting end to this flagship event, given that next year’s conference, a partnership event, Trees, People and the Built Environment II, an urban trees research conference is to return to Nick’s home patch of Birmingham in April 2014.

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