Landscapes for Life- Conference 2013

National AONB’s Annual Conference16-18 July 2013 Ipswich

Management of water is one of the most important challenges that the global economy will face over the next decade. Landscapes for Life – Conference 2013 will bring delegates together in Ipswich to discuss the part that the UK's Protected Landscape Family has in ensuring that our water systems are well managed and our environment is safeguarded for future generations.

Three days of presentations, discussion, networking and site visits will look at the links between water and natural beauty and set out the challenges and changes ahead. National issues will be addressed and the way Protected Landscape teams are working in partnership with local authorities, government bodies, landowners, utility providers, regulators and others to develop innovative solutions to manage our most precious resource will be shared.

Speakers which include Defra Minister, Richard Benyon MP, academics, water companies, the Environment Agency, Natural England, National Farmers Union and local partnerships will discuss and develop a vision for the future where Protected Landscapes play an important and integral role in the stewardship of our water.

Site visits to the iconic lowland landscape of Constable Country, the "fossilised" dune systems of the Norfolk and Suffolk Coasts, and the stunning waterways which make up the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads will highlight the work that local people are undertaking to help manage our water systems.

Philip Hygate, NAAONB Chairman said, "We are delighted to bring delegates to the East of England. We look forward to lively debate and discussion which will result in useful practical action throughout the UK's Protected Landscapes. I am sure that delegates will leave the conference with the knowledge that the AONB Family is working hard to protect our most valuable resource which is why AONBs remain Landscapes for Life.  Early Bird deals 27th May 2013 - Final Closing date 6th June 2013. Details and registration papers at: http/www.landscapesforlife.org.uk/2013-conference.html