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London: “Future Cities encompassing natural systems”

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London is the world's first national park city, boasting around 50% green coverage. How can cities use natural capital and maximise its benefit for all inhabitants?

WEBINAR: London - Future Cities Encompassing Natural Systems

26th August 2021 @ 12.30pm |

Cities must protect natural capital assets, adapt to climate change and halt natures decline. We must retrofit trees and SuDS in existing streets to improve the quality of streetscapes and create resilience and corridors for wildlife, slow rainwater run-off and improve urban cooling.

This session investigates ways in which cities can encompass nature as a focus for decision making, and answer questions such as; what has the legislation done to transform the building sector? And how are biodiversity action plans & biodiversity net gain affecting planning?

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This webinar is part of the Habitat Matters programme. Habitat Matters is a collaborative campaign, formed of 60 partners and supporters all striving to protect Habitats and Biodiversity in the UK. To find out more about the Habitat Matters initiative, please visit

Hosted by

  • Guest speaker
    Ash Welch Green Infrastructure & Biodiversity Specialist @ Aecom

    Ash works collaboratively with other environmental disciplines, engineers and architects to design multi-functional habitats, nature based solutions and green infrastructure. He is helping to develop AECOM's biodiversity net gain strategy and technical standards.

  • Guest speaker
    Tom Butterworth Deputy Head of Ecology & Technical Director for Natural Capital and Biodiversity @ WSP

    Tom has over 22 years’ experience working as an environmental specialist. Tom has led practical management of nature reserves, developed local, regional and national biodiversity strategies and policies, led national programs of research and managed the delivery of the England biodiversity strategy

  • Guest speaker
    Professor Jim Harris Chair in Environmental Technology @ Cranfield University

    Jim is a systems ecologist interested in system complexity, function and emergent properties. He has worked extensively in policy development: acting as Scientific Adviser to the UK Defra Group; a Lead Author in the IPBES Report; and past Chair of the Society for Ecological Restoration.

  • Guest speaker
    Dr Katherine Drayson Strategy & Planning Manager (Environment) @ Transport for London (TfL)

    Katherine coordinates TfL’s strategic work on climate change adaptation, green infrastructure and wider transport carbon-emissions, and monitors and reports on TfL’s progress in delivering the Mayor’s Transport Strategy commitments on those issues.

  • Guest speaker
    Dusty Gedge

  • Team member
    Adam Cane Knowledge Manager @ ACO Technologies Plc

    Qualified Civil Engineer (BSc) with experience as a Highway and Bridge Engineer and Technical Sales Engineer for FEA engineering software. At ACO, he now uses this experience as the Knowledge Manager. Managing the Continued Professional Development portfolio and knowledge base for the company.

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