Ocean Recovery
Conference 2022


9.30 - 9.55
Keynote 3 - Climate Change and Small Island State UK ''2022: The Year of Climate Adaptation'' - Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of Environment Agency

Chair: Craig Bennett, CEO The Wildlife Trusts

10.00 - 11.15
Session 6 - Blue Carbon - from idea to practical application?

Chair: Nigel Pontee, Jacobs

Objective: The idea of blue carbon has been around for over 10 years. This session will explore what steps it will take to make applying it to operational management a reality.

A view from the future – State of blue carbon projects in the USHilary Stevens, Restore America’s Estuaries  

Where are we now in the UK – State of evidence in UKLaura Harland, Defra

Carbon credits from UK managed realignments – carbon budgets at Steart – Rachel Dunk & Hannah Mossman, Manchester Metropolitan University

Where next – What more do we need to do in the UK – Realising the benefits of blue carbon – Dan Laffoley, IUCN / Mission Blue

11.25 - 12.40
Session 7 - Restoring Estuarine and Coastal Habitats (REACH) – Developing Learning

Chair: Joanne Preston,  Portsmouth University

Objective: To share learning from estuarine and coastal habitat restoration activities

Capturing lessons from developing handbooks for coastal habitat restoration – Dr Philine zu Ermgassen, European Native Oyster restoration Alliance

Restoring shellfish habitats to restore ecosystem services- what do we know and how do we grow the evidence base?Prof. William Sanderson, Heriot-Watt University

Priority knowledge for oyster restoration at scaleCeline Gamble, UK & Ireland Native Oyster Network, Zoological Society of London/University of Portsmouth

12.40 - 13.10
Lunch break
13.10 - 14.25
Session 8 - Offshore wind growth: what do we want our marine environment to look like by 2050 and how do we get there?

Chair: Olivia Thomas, Head of Planning, The Crown Estate   

Objective: To understand the current situation and what is going to need to change to deliver the anticipated growth of offshore wind in line with net zero targets to 2050. The sea space is ever increasingly constrained and the marine environment ever more at risk of compromise unless we realise a vision of what we want our marine environment will look like. What do we want and how will we get there?

Targets to Net Zero; Government’s enabling role – 
Amy Ferguson and Ruth Stubbles,
 Programme Directors, Offshore Wind Enabling Actions Programme, Defra

The evolution of marine plans – Paul Gilliland, Head of Marine Planning, MMO

What needs to change – Helen Walker, Head of Environment, Scottish Power Renewables Offshore

How do we ensure environmental resilience as marine use changes – Kirsten Carter, Marine Principal Officer, RSPB

14.35 - 15.50
Session 9 - Coexistence with offshore wind: fishing, conservation & nature enhancement

Chair: David Tudor, Blue Marine Foundation

Objective: To illustrate the opportunities for co-existence of activities with offshore wind farms, to focus on potential benefits and to highlight the challenges

Fishing and offshore windfarms: a fisherman’s view on coexistence – Merlin Jackson, Thanet Fisherman’s Association

Increasing the UK offshore windfarm footprint: What are the biodiversity benefits and enhanced ecosystem services we can forecast? – Jean-Luc Solandt, Principal Specialist – Marine Protected Areas, Marine Conservation Society

A Dutch perspective on coexistence and nature enhancement opportunities – Marjolein Kelder, Project lead, Rich North Sea & Erwin Coolen program director

16.00 - 17.15
Session 10 - Regional Delivery Groups – Strategic targets for Net Gain – Resolving what we want

Chair: Peter Barham, SUDG

Objective: To explore if there can be a more coherent and strategic approach to delivering high level policy ideas into practice in regional seas.

A strategic approach to marine net gain: An industry perspective – Jen Godwin, SUDG Executive Officer

Offshore wind enabling actions programme – marine compensation the story so far and next steps – Ros Gaulton,Defra Team Leader, Compensation and Impacts, Offshore Wind Enabling Actions Programme

Marine net gain – aims, principles and next steps – Natalie Bown, Defra Team Leader Net Gain Offshore Wind Actions Programme 

Strategic Goals: How do we achieve lasting recovery of the marine environment? – Joan Edwards OBE, Director Policy & Public Affairs at The Wildlife Trusts

17.25 - 17.50
Keynote 4 - Change is coming – The Natural Capital Ecosystem Assessment Programme - Sarah Young, Defra

Chair: Vicki Castro-Spokes, Defra