Tuesday, 27 January, 2015
Blackburne House, Hope Street, Liverpool
8am - 1pm

We are pleased to invite you to this event, hosted by the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice in collaboration with Nature Connected – the Liverpool City Region Local Nature Partnership – and the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network.

People enjoy visiting and creating green spaces. But, whilst we may instinctively believe that parks and open spaces improve our quality of life and our physical and mental well-being, the inter-relationships between nature, health and well-being are complex and establishing a strong evidence base to change policy and practice is not straightforward.

There is a similarly multi-faceted relationship between nature and the economy. Whilst some leading cities are placing an increasing emphasis on their natural assets, quantifying the value of these and the services that they provide to society is problematic.

Despite this complexity, there is an imperative to act. In Liverpool, 80% of the City Region is blue or green space – more than any other urban area in the UK. Whilst the Local Enterprise Partnership is committed to supporting ‘natural capital’, spatial health inequalities and high levels of chronic disease persist and there remains a risk that investment in green infrastructure is not balanced with that in economic growth.

A breakfast session (8-10am), including contributions from Dr Ben Wheeler (Exeter University), Dr Karyn Morrissey (Heseltine Institute), Sarah Dewar (Liverpool CCG), Paul Nolan (Mersey Forest) and Alan Jemmett (Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service), will ask how Liverpool can make better use of its unique natural assets to support a stronger economy and greater health and well-being.

A morning workshop (10.30am-12.30pm) will then focus on what practical steps we can take collectively to transform current practice and policy research. The event will close with an informal lunch.

Please note that places are strictly limited. To register for the breakfast session and/or the morning workshop, please contact  heseltine@liv.ac.uk.

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