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UK’s Protected Landscape Family announce theme of Water for 2013 conference

protected landscapessurrey_hills-750x600The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB) is pleased to announce that the theme for their Landscapes for Life – Conference 2013 is water.

Management of water is one of the most important challenges that the global economy will face over the next decade. Landscapes for Life – Conference 2013 will bring delegates together in Ipswich to discuss the part that the UK’s Protected Landscape Family have in ensuring that our water systems are well managed and our environment is safeguarded for future generations.

Three days of presentations, discussion, networking and site visits will look at the links between water and natural beauty and set out the challenges and changes ahead. National issues will be addressed and the way Protected Landscape teams are working in partnership with local authorities, government bodies, landowners, utility providers, regulators and others to develop innovative solutions to manage our most precious resource will be shared.

Speakers which include Defra Minister, Richard Benyon MP, academics, water companies, the Environment Agency, Natural England, National Farmers Union and local partnerships will discuss and develop a vision for the future where Protected Landscapes play an important and integral role in the stewardship of our water.

Site visits to the iconic lowland landscape of Constable Country, the “fossilised” dune systems of the Norfolk Coast and Suffolk Coasts, and the stunning waterways which make up the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads will highlight the work that local people are undertaking to help manage our water systems.

Philip Hygate, NAAONB Chairman said, “We are delighted to bring delegates to the East of England. We look forward to lively debate and discussion which will result in useful practical action throughout the UK’s Protected Landscapes. I am sure that delegates will leave the conference with the knowledge that the AONB Family is working hard to protect our most valuable resource which is why AONBs remain Landscapes for Life”.

Organised by the National Association for AONBs (NAAONB) and local hosts Dedham Vale, Norfolk Coast and Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB Partnerships and the Broads Authority, this agenda-defining conference brings together the highest level delegates from around the UK and beyond whilst maintaining the open and intimate atmosphere of a family gathering.

The event takes place from 16-18th July 2013 and is split into three different formats – keynote sessions, themed breakout sessions and practical site visits. There will also be individual networking opportunities.

To register interest in receiving further details please click www.landscapesforlife.org.uk/2013-conference.html

For sponsorship opportunities please contact our Conference Manager Jill Smith on jill.smith@landscapesforlife.org.uk