Professor Thomas Hanahoe FRPS
CREDIT: Professor Thomas Hanahoe FRPS

Chairman’s Day 2020

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Professor Thomas Hanahoe FRPS, Chairman of the RPS Nature Group has brought together a thought provoking set of first class speakers for his Chairman’s Day with the overall theme of the State of Nature in Britain.  Each will present their work, and in addition Thomas will give a presentation on the Polar Bears of Svalbard. 

The Nature Group AGM, which was postponed from April due to Covid-19, will be held in the afternoon.

Programme for the day:

10:00hrs        Zoom sign-in active

10:30hrs        Welcome and Introduction by Professor Thomas Hanahoe

10:45hrs        ‘State of Nature 2019’ – Dr Daniel Hayhow

Daniel Hayhow, Environmental Scientist at Earthwatch Europe, led the development of the State of Nature 2019 Report with more than 50 partner organisations.  The Report gives the latest update of how wildlife is faring across the UK, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories. The ground-breaking partnership of organisations worked together to produce the Report, providing an essential evidence base that tells us about the state of our nature over the last 50 years.  The report collates the best available data on the UK’s biodiversity, with a focus on the trends in species as the key evidence of how nature is faring.  In addition, the pressures acting upon nature are reviewed and the conservation response being made to counter these pressures, in order to give a rounded view of the UK’s nature in 2019.

11:30hrs        Discussion and questions

11:45hrs        Break

12:00hrs        ‘Polar Bears of Svalbard’ – Professor Thomas Hanahoe FRPS, RPS Nature Group Chairman

12:45hrs        Discussion and questions

13:00hrs        Break for lunch

13:45hrs        ‘Rewilding in Britain’ – Dr Mike Daniels

Mike Daniels is Head of Land Management at the John Muir Trust and a Founding Trustee of Rewilding Britain.  He will talk about what rewilding means in a British context, what it can offer in terms of natural solutions to mitigate climate change impacts and reconnect people with nature.  He will also talk about the challenges of rewilding in relation to traditional land uses and how community engagement with land management offers hope for the future.

14:30hrs        Discussion and questions

14:45hrs        Showing of all awarded images in 2020 Members Exhibition

15:00hrs        Nature Group Annual General Meeting click HERE to see the agenda and reports relating to the AGM

16:15hrs       Close

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