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, CEO of the Environment Agency (EA), suffered a serious accident earlier this year and her recuperation has been much slower than anticipated. Consequently, she will be unable to deliver our special Diamond celebration keynote speech “Instant Wildlife-Just Add Water”. However, the EA has offered a replacement speaker, Dr Paul José, to give the lecture in place of Baroness Young. The lecture will therefore be presented by Dr José at the same time and place as advertised. Paul’s CV is attached below. We look forward to seeing you at The Rufus Centre, Flitwick on 10th October at 7pm and wish Barbara a speedy recovery. Kind regards,
Professor David Allen (Chairman, BNHS) =============================================================
Dr Paul José is currently Fisheries, Recreation and Biodiversity Technical Specialist for Central Area of Anglian Region of the Environment Agency (EA). Paul was previously Environment Agency’s Senior Eco-hydrologist and prior to that spent 9 years as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’s Wetland’s Advisor, as well as being Head of Management Advice for 3 years. He is a wetland specialist having also also worked for Anglian Water, English Nature, and the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food . He is co-author of a number of publications on wetlands e.g. The Ecohydrology Guidelines (2003), The European Wet Grassland Guide (1999), UK Floodplains
(1998), The UK Wet Grassland Guide (1997), The Reedbed Guide (1996) and The Rivers and Wildlife Handbook (1994). Paul has led EU funded projects (eg the 3.2M Euro EU Bittern LIFE project) and has been involved in a range of conservation, water resource and flood defence related projects in both the UK and world-wide (e.g. Belarus, Hungary, The Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Korea). Paul now works on the Great Ouse and the Fens and contributes to and project manages a range of initiatives on wetland/floodplain restoration in Central Area of Anglian Region. These have included project management of EU Habitats Directive work to determine the environmental water needs to protect internationally important wetland sites (eg the Ouse and Nene Washes). He is the Environment Agency’s lead on several major partnership ‘landscape scale’ wetland restoration projects including the Great Fen Project which aims to create a 3000 ha wetland, between Huntingdon and Peterborough. He is also now involved more locally on work to restore backwaters on the River Great Ouse.