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CECAN Webinar – Integrating Health, Wellbeing, Nature and Sustainability (HWNS) into local, strategic planning: learning from the co-development of a practical systems approach to place-making

Online, 24 Apr 2024, 1pm
Jemma Sharman

Wednesday 24th April 2024, 13:00 – 14:00 BST

Presenter: Jemma Sharman, Principal Specialist, Chief Scientist Directorate, Natural England

Webinar Overview:

“The care of human life and happiness … is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” Thomas Jefferson

Natural England, with partners including the Environment Agency, Local Partnerships, What Works Wellbeing and Local Authorities, have been co-developing and testing a systems approach that aims to support better outcomes across health, wellbeing, nature and sustainability (HWNS) through local place-making.

We know that high quality health and wellbeing, supported by a healthy natural environment, are the basis for thriving local places and people. And yet, we also know that local authorities and other organisations involved in place-making are grappling with a challenging range of issues, from nature and climate emergencies to health and wellbeing crises.

The HWNS approach has been co-developed as a high-level, inter-disciplinary decision-support framework that prioritises health, wellbeing, nature and sustainability outcomes, putting these at the centre of strategic planning conversations. It includes practical resources, including participatory systems mapping software (PRSM), to bring together different sectors, support integrated planning, and bridge the gap between technical information and practical solutions.

In this webinar Jemma will share the background to the co-development of HWNS, learning from the initial prototype testing with local authorities and outline future plans for influencing local place-making.

Presenter Biography:

Jemma is a Principal Specialist in the Chief Scientist Directorate at Natural England and over the last year has been leading on the development of the HWNS framework. Jemma has a programme management background, working in local government and NGOs, with a focus on a people in nature approach to nature recovery. She is particularly interested in the nexus between social and environmental justice rooted in places. Jemma’s interest and learning in soft systems approaches began as part of the EU Urban Innovation Actions programme – taking a systems approach to land management by testing new ways of thinking and acting for nature through urban rewilding projects, co-stewardship of urban land, nature connected communities and exploring nature-based leadership across diverse sectors.

How to Join:

This talk will take place via a Zoom Webinar – please click here to register for a place.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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