Reaching the summit

We have been working flat out organising our Rights of River industry focused conference taking place on the 24th November. Nearly there! The Summit will report on key implementations of Rights of Rivers and delve into the opportunities it presents for the Ouse.

We have a stellar line up of speakers:
Mika Peck – Professor of Conservation Ecology, University of Sussex
Neil Williams – Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Environmental Philosophy
University of Roehampton
Monica Feria-Tinta – International Barrister with expertise in Rights of Nature
Cllr Matthew Bird – Rights of River Ouse Motion proposer and Love Our Ouse

There will be a powerful panel discussion chaired by Henri Brocklebank – Sussex Wildlife Trust including:
Peter King – Director at Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust
Cllr Emily O’Brien – Cabinet Member for Nature, Climate & Food Systems, Lewes District Council
Ben Taylor – Iford Estates
Emma Montlake – Environmental Law Foundation and Love Our Ouse

Workshop sessions will be delivered with support from students from both Sussex University and Kings College London enabling attendees to unpack and delve into key questions:
What legal mechanisms are available?
What does a Rights of River Charter look like?
Who speaks for the River?
Who to engage with and how?
We are very excited to see a broad and exciting range of people signed up for the Summit. From local authority Officers and Councillors, Barristers, local nature champions, recreation groups, national press, land owners, utility companies and creative practitioners, it re-affirms our sense that Rights of Nature provides an incredibly inclusive and holistic approach to addressing the needs of our ecosystems.

We will publicly report on outputs and will incorporate contributions from the day towards the ambitious work in progress with the development of the Sussex Ouse Charter.

The Summit has been generously supported by Ouse Valley Climate Action (Big Lottery), Railway Land Wildlife Trust and Abyss Brewery.