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Landscape and Planning

Thursday, 28 February 2013 at 6:00PM - 8:30PM
Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 7NE, UK
Fully Booked
RTPI South East

This event, jointly hosted by the South East Regions of the Landscape Institute and the RTPI, covers topics of the Ecosystems Knowledge Network, Green Infrastructure and Spatial Planning. 

Refreshments will be served from 6pm, providing an opportunity for networking with likeminded professionals from varying backgrounds.  Talks begin at 6.30pm.

Ecosystems Knowledge Network
Dr Bruce Howard, Co-ordinator for the Ecosystems Knowledge Network

An ecosystems approach is now being used to promote a more integrated 'systems' view of how the natural environment is managed for the range of benefits it brings.  It invites, for example, much greater partnership between sectors and professional groups whose work has adirect impact on land and nature.  

In this talk, Dr Howard will provide interpretation on the array of concepts and ideas that flow from an ecosystem approach, proposing some appropriate practicalresponses.

Green Infrastructure & Spatial Planning
Vicky Fletcher, Historic & Natural Environment Team Leader, Oxfordshire County Council

In the erabeyond Planning for Sustainable Communities, Growth Points and Regional Spatial Strategies, Vicky Fletcher will explain the rationale behind starting a new Green Infrastructure Strategy for Oxfordshire, and how new policy drivers, such as ecosystem services and the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity, will be applied within the process.

Hilary Phillips, Biodiversity & Partnership Officer, Oxfordshire Local Nature Partnership

Hilary Philips will finish the evening with a brief look at emergent cross-sector work with the health sector. This will use ecosystem service mapping techniques to influence spatial planning decisions designed to improve health outcomes and efficiency savings.