PAWS conference. 13th October.

Posted on September 28, 2016 by

The Woodland Trust is hosting an open discussion and debate with practitioners and policy makers on restoration of Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) in Wales. The meeting is open to everyone involved in the management and restoration of PAWS in Wales. It is free to attend and lunch will be provided.

9.30-10am Registration Case study displays, Findings from recent reviews and related research, Refreshments. 10am – 1pm

Key Speakers – Perspectives from across the sector. Chair: Shireen Chambers, CEO Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), Speakers: Becky Speight, CEO, Woodland Trust (Video Message), Fiona McFarlane, Welsh Government Policy on PAWS, Michelle van Velzen, Forest Strategy Team Leader, and Iolo Lloyd, Conservation Advisor from NRW, Christine Reid, Head of Conservation, Woodland Trust Questions to the panel of speakers.

Session 1: The Big Picture – PAWS Policy in Wales. What is it and how is it working? Gradual restoration, why is it preferred and is it practical on most sites? Multiple objective forestry – a vision.

Session 2: Reality on the Ground Perspectives and case studies from managers and owners.

Speakers: Gabriel Hemery, Executive Director, Sylva Foundation, PAWS Survey 2014, Forest managers and owners: Phil Morgan, Dai Jones, Andrew Bronwin and others present case studies of their work on PAWS sites, their successes and the challenges they face.

1.15pm-2.00 Forest lunch provided

2pm- 4pm Afternoon: Workshop – Session 3: What needs to change? Key barriers to restoration; Where is restoration a priority?; Lack of woodland management grants and how to facilitate restoration; Incentives and training needs; Other priority actions.

Group Discussions and Plenary Participants Forestry sector professionals; woodland owners; environmental professionals with a forestry focus or a landscape approach to biodiversity & connectivity; forestry students.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited.

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