State of the natural environment in the West Midlands

West Midlands Biodiversity PartnershipOn Thursday 23rd April 2009, I attended the Annual Biodiversity Conference organised by the West Midlands Biodiversity Partnership (WMBP) at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham.

Key speakers included Olwen Dutton (Chief Executive of the West Midlands Regional Assembly), Roger Owen (Regional Director of Natural England), David Pape (Head of Ecology, Hampshire County Council), Conor Kretsch (Director of Cohab Initiative) and Heather Webb (Coordinator at Bedslife).

During the day the speakers highlighted the key role that biodiversity plays in the development of the West Midlands.

Achieving good quality environment in the region will encourage people to want to invest, work and live in the region. It’s also critical to achieve a better understanding of our natural environment so we can appreciate it properly.

The launch of the State of the Natural Environment in the West Midlands report by Natural England was a central element of the conference. The report brings together a selection of evidence about the natural environment in the West Midlands.

The report states:

“…(The West Midlands’) natural environment is not well placed to withstand the challenges posed by multiple demands on land and the predicted effects of climate change. A healthy natural environment is the key to solving many of the problems that confront us in the 21st century. We need an approach that reconnects people with the natural world and creates a landscape where nature can adapt to a changing climate.”

Personally, I found Conor Kretsch’s presentation very interesting. He talked about the benefits that biodiversity can deliver to the population’s health.

The truth is that a healthy human population can only exist where it is supported by a healthy ecosystem.

In some cases, technology and the right infrastructure in place positively influence the health among citizens. However, it is only by conserving, expanding and managing our natural resources that a sustainable approach can be achieved.

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