UK. Broads Biodiversity Forum launched to celebrate World Wetlands Day

Monday, 30 January 2012



Conservation partners in the Broads will be celebrating World Wetlands Day on February 2nd by launching the first ever Broads Biodiversity Forum at the Abbey Road Conference Centre, Norwich.

The Broads Authority, RSPB, Environment Agency, Natural England, National Trust, the Norfolk and Suffolk Wildlife Trusts, BESL (Broadland Environmental Services Ltd.), and Buglife will celebrate their successes and investigate further opportunities for partnerships to enhance and promote the magic of Britain’s largest lowland wetland.

One hundred people from conservation, boating, angling, tourism, farming and recreation backgrounds are expected to attend.

World Wetlands Day marks the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2nd February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar, to help raise awareness about the global importance and value of wetlands.

John Packman, Chief Executive of the Broads Authority, will explain how the organisations will work together to respond to new polices and environmental challenges while Andrea Kelly, Senior Ecologist, will discuss the Broads Authority’s priorities and progress.

The RSPB will unveil its new Futurescape for the Broads, a new way of working in partnership with a variety of organisations, farmers, local people, and businesses to create quality habitats, enrich people’s lives, and provide good quality water, carbon storage and access for recreation.

Dr Paul Dolman from the University of East Anglia will explain the findings of the Broads Biodiversity Audit which revealed that the Broads is a habitat for 26% of the UK’s rarest species.

There will also be presentations by Broadland Environmental Services Ltd on biodiversity and flood alleviation, Norfolk and Suffolk Wildlife Trusts on their Living Landscapes in the Broads and a final inspirational presentation from the Chief Executive of Buglife, the national invertebrate conservation charity.

An opportunity to have your questions answered by a panel of experts will be chaired by Paul Forecast, RSPB Director, East.

He said: “There’s no doubt about it, in the next ten years, we will be facing some of the toughest environmental challenges we’ve ever seen. In order to overcome these, we need to work together to support a joint vision for a world richer in wildlife tomorrow than it is today.

“Everyone has a responsibility to ensure that places like this are safe for future generations and working together with other conservation organisations, water companies, local land owners and tourism providers, we hope to make the Broads an even greater place for people and wildlife.”

Andrea Kelly, Senior Ecologist, Broads Authority said: “The recent results of the Broads Biodiversity Audit prove what an amazing place this is for wildlife and we believe it is vital that we find new funding and additional business partners to continue to address the many challenges that threaten this very special environment.”

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 January 2012 )