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‘Getting on with the job: taking practical action for freshwater ecology and conservation’

This talk will cover the critical link between ecological science and practical action, including water quality, habitat gains, flood risk management, invasive species

Paul’s lecture will cover the critical links between ecological science and practical action. Confidence in understanding environmental pressures and ecological responses is essential in securing practical action both within the Environment Agency and by those with whom it regulates or operates in partnership. The best examples are applying environmental standards to improve water quality, securing habitat gains through flood risk management activities and dealing with invasive non-native species. Assessing the benefits of this work is important for gaining understanding and support for future investment decisions.

Paul Raven, FI Biol, is Head of Conservation and Ecology at the Environment Agency, Bristol. Following a Ph.D at University College London on the ecological effects of river engineering, Paul was freshwater specialist at the Department of Environment for Northern Ireland before joining the National Rivers Authority in 1991. He chairs the Water and Wetland Group that supports the England Biodiversity Strategy. Practical experience of river and lake ecology includes the UK and mainland Europe, whilst his main focus of policy work for freshwater is linking ecological objectives and environmental standards under the Habitats Directive and Water Framework Directive.


Dr Paul Raven | talks


Date and Time:

27 February 2009 at 6:30 pm


2 hours



Birkbeck College
Malet Street

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Organised by:

Ecology and Conservation Studies Society
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Available from:

E-mail: environmentevents@FLL.bbk.ac.uk for booking and venue details, (telephone 020 7679 1069)

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