|Date||17 January 2019|
|Title||Future of environmental principles and governance post-Brexit|
|Organiser||Westminster Forum Projects|
Following the Government’s recently closed consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance post-Brexit, this seminar will assess the future regulatory landscape for environmental standards and the role of a new independent environmental watchdog.
Delegates will consider how the environmental principles laid out in EU treaties might best be embedded into UK law, and the functions and powers the watchdog should have in overseeing environmental law and policy - including in air, waste, water and chemical regulation.
Attendees will also discuss what steps need to be taken to achieve the aims laid out in the 25 Year Environment Plan following the Environmental Audit Committee’s call for the Government to enshrine biodiversity targets, habitats and soil quality targets into UK law.
Following the Government’s recently introduced Agriculture Bill, discussion is also expected on recommendations for a new land management system after the UK leaves the Common Agriculture Policy - and assessing its goals for delivering a “Green Brexit”.
Further sessions focus on the potential opportunities and challenges for developing UK-wide environmental standards, including discussion on the future responsibilities of the UK and devolved administrations and opportunities for promoting growth in the UK economy.