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The forum is currently constituted of 13 member bodies – you can find out more about them below.

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The British Ecological Society is the largest scientific society for ecologists in Europe with a membership of 7,000 in over 120 countries around the world. We support the ecology community at all stages of their careers through our journals, meetings, grants, and education and policy work. The first ecology society to be established anywhere in the world, we have been the champion of ecology for more than a century.

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The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) is the leading professional membership body representing and supporting over 7,300 ecologists and environmental managers in the UK, Ireland and abroad. Their Vision is of a society which values the natural environment and recognises the contribution of professional ecologists and environmental managers to its conservation.

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The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is the membership and awarding body for the environmental health sector. Our members work around the world, improving lives and demonstrating excellence across all areas of environmental health including food, public health, housing, environmental protection, and health and safety

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The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), is the leading independent Chartered professional body for water and environment professionals, promoting excellence within the sector.


The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) is the leading professional body for the waste management sector representing over 5,500 individuals in the UK. Established in 1898, CIWM is a non-profit making organisation, dedicated to the promotion of professional competence amongst waste managers. CIWM seeks to raise standards for those working in and with the sector by producing best practice guidance, developing educational and training initiatives, and providing information on key waste-related issues

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The Institute of Chartered Foresters is the Royal Chartered home for tree professionals across the UK. It is the only UK body to offer both Chartered Forester and Chartered Arboriculturist titles. As part of its ongoing strategic objectives, the Institute regulates standards of entry to the profession; supports members and provides guidance to professionals in other sectors; offers educational advice and training to both students and tree professionals seeking to develop their careers, and works to foster a greater public awareness and understanding of forestry and arboriculture. The Institute has more than 2,000 members who practice forestry, arboriculture and related disciplines in the private sector, central and local government, non-government organisations, charities, universities and colleges throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Integrity, excellence, collaboration, sustainability and transparency form the basis on which they operate and these values underpin all of their strategic objectives. The Institute works with forestry sector organisations and higher education institutes to promote forestry and arboricultural career paths to young people, in order to ensure the continued growth of this dynamic sector and address the ongoing skills shortage. 


The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) is a membership organisation representing professionals from fields as diverse as air quality, land contamination and education - wherever environmental work is underpinned by science. We promote and raise public awareness of environmental science by supporting professional scientists and academics and by standing up for the voice of science, scientists, and the natural world in policy.

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We are the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. We are the global professional body for over 20,000 individuals and 300 organisations working, studying or interested in the environment and sustainability. This is a growing and evolving profession, and we are committed to supporting, encouraging and improving the confidence and performance as well as the profile and recognition of all environment and sustainability professionals. We also help and support public and private sector organisations, governments and regulators to do the right thing when it comes to environment and sustainability related initiatives, challenges and opportunities. We work to influence public policy on environment and sustainability matters. We do this by drawing on the insights and experience of our members to ensure that what happens in practice influences the development of government policy, legislation, regulations and standards. We are the professional organisation at the centre of the sustainability agenda, connecting business and individuals across industries, sectors and borders.


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The Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) is an international organisation of people whose aim is to support and promote sustainable fisheries management for the benefit of our members, fisheries, wildlife and society.

The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) is a professional engineering, environmental and scientific institution, a registered charity and governed by a Royal Charter. IOM3 supports professionals in materials, minerals, mining and associated technical disciplines to be champions of the transition to a low-carbon, resilient & resource efficient society. It seeks to be the best professional membership body it can be by providing modern, flexible services; quality technical content; and value for money. Our activities promote and develop all aspects of the Materials Cycle, from exploration and extraction, to characterisation, processing and application, to product recycling, repurposing and reuse.

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The Landscape Institute (LI) is the chartered body for the landscape profession. It is an educational charity working to promote the art and science of landscape practice. The LI’s aim, through the work of its members, is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit. The Landscape Institute provides a professional home for all landscape practitioners including landscape scientists, landscape planners, landscape architects, landscape managers and urban designers. 

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The Society for the Environment (SocEnv) is comprised of 24 Licenced Bodies, with over 500,000 members between them. It received a Royal Charter in 2004, which empowers it to regulate the the Chartered Environmentalist, Registered Environmental Practitioner and Registered Environmental Technician professional registrations globally. There are now over 7,500 environmental professionals currently registered who share a common vision of delivering sustainability through environmental professionalism.

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The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the UK's learned society and professional body for geography. They advance geography and support geographers in the UK and across the world. 

The EPF is Chaired by Professor Will Pope of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES), with the Society for the Environment (SocEnv) acting as Forum Secretariat.

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