Chris Mahon B.Sc.(Hons),M.Sc.

Director, Cheshire Landscape Enterprises Ltd. (CLE)
Managing Director, Chris Mahon Environment (CME)
Secretariat, The Sibthorp Trust
Chair, IUCN National Committee UK Protected Areas Working Group

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The Sibthorp Trust

The Sibthorp Trust was set up as a consequence of a generous bequest in the will of Miss Mary Sibthorp in 1991 and is managed by a Board of Trustees in association with IUCN (The World Conservation Union). Mary Sibthorp was a remarkable woman who was Director of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies and greatly concerned with the wise use of natural resources and their international dimensions. A specific aim of the trust is to promote the study and discussion of key environmental issues through the commissioning of workshops, seminars or study groups and to publish the results of such activities as the ‘Sibthorp Papers’.

The Trust has organised and part-funded four Sibthorp Seminars to date (1996, 2000, 2007 and 2011). All have been successful in meeting the original objectives for establishment of the Trust, under the terms of the will of Miss Mary Sibthorp.

In particular the output of the First Sibthorp Seminar has played a key role in advancing the thinking on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Specifically the seminar and subsequent publication “Ecosystem Management: Questions for Science and Society” has been a major contribution to the elaboration of the ecosystem approach as the framework for implementation of the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The subsequent work of the Trust has continued to build on this and related themes.

Promoting the study and discussion
of key environmental issues


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People, Politics and the Planet – Any Questions?

A pre-election debate on the environmental policies of the UK’s major political parties, chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby.

In May 2015, citizens of the United Kingdom will take to the polls and cast their vote for the party that they would like to see run the country for the next five years. But how would the largest political parties seek to secure a sustainable future for the natural environment?

Join the Sibthorp Trust, the British Ecological Society, and the Chartered Institute of Ecology

and Environmental Management on 9 March 2015 at The Light, Euston Road London for the 'People, Politics and the Planet - Any Questions?' debate.

Chaired by leading broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby, the debate will give members of the BES and CIEEM, invited guests, and the general public a unique opportunity to question representatives of the UK’s major political parties on the environmental commitments in their election manifestos.

The debate panel members have been confirmed as:

Lord de Mauley, Conservative Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment and Science

Barry Gardiner MP, Labour Shadow Minister for Natural Environment

Baroness Parminter, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on the Environment

Natalie Bennett, Leader, Green Party

Eilidh Whiteford MP, Scottish National Party Shadow Spokesperson on Agriculture And Fisheries

Following a brief opening statement from each panelist, the panelists will participate in an ‘Any Questions’ style debate chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby, and then attendees will be able to put their questions to the panel. Questions from the audience will be selected from those submitted in advance upon registration.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:00 p.m. start.       

Tickets priced £20 (£10 for BES and CIEEM Members) are available from HERE       Follow us on Twitter #EnvAnyQs

Please note that this event is not associated with BBC Radio 4's 'Any Questions' series