Restoring our Oceans: The Future of UK Policy

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Environment APPG Online Panel/Q&A – Restoring our Oceans: The future of UK Policy

Date: Thursday 28th January 2021

Time: 2:00-3:00pm GMT

In this session, hosted by the Environment APPG, panellists will discuss the impact of the Government's Blue Belt Programme and key priorities for the future of marine conservation policy in the UK, as well as how parliamentarians can support policy that will help marine habitats recover and ensure UK seas are healthy, free from pollution, and properly protected. The panellists will propose what more needs to be done to highlight the vital role of marine life in the UK's broader ambitions to tackle climate change, highlighting the importance of strong UK leadership in navigating the challenges facing our oceans.

As the countdown to COP26 begins, now is a vital moment to highlight once again the deep connections between the climate and nature crises, and to reiterate the importance of valuing and protecting marine life.


Rt. Hon Richard Benyon, former MP for Newbury/Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Natural Environment, Water, and Rural Affairs, lead on the Highly Protected Marine Areas Review, and Blue Marine Foundation Trustee 

Dr. Chris Tuckett, Director of Programmes, Marine Conservation Society

Dale Rodmell, Assistant Chief Executive, National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations

Laura Farris MP (Chair), Environment APPG Vice Chair and MP for for Newbury


A pre-event briefing can be accessed below (PDF).

You can watch the event recording below: