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 oldest ecological society in the world. They were established in 1913 and have been fostering the science of ecology ever since. They have 6,000 members around the world and bring people together across regional, national and global scales to advance ecological science.

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The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) is the leading professional membership body representing and supporting 5,000 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 around 6,000 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 body for foresters and arboriculturists in the UK and is the only UK body to offer the Chartered Forester and Chartered Arboriculturist titles. The Institute regulates standards of entry to the profession; provides support to its members; guidance to professionals in other sectors; information to the general public; and educational advice and training to both students and tree professionals seeking to develop their careers in the forestry and arboricultural industry.

The Institute works to foster a greater public awareness and understanding of forestry in order to serve a variety of commercial, recreational, environmental and scientific interests.


The Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) is a membership organisation that represents professionals from fields as diverse as air quality, land contamination and education - wherever you find environmental work underpinned by science. A visionary organisation leading debate, dissemination and promotion of environmental science and sustainability, the IES promotes an evidence-based approach to decision and policy making.

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The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) is the membership body for more than 14,000 environment and sustainability professionals worldwide. They support individuals and organisations in setting and achieving globally recognised standards for sustainable practice, in turn driving the development and uptake of sustainability skills. They add value for members by providing the knowledge, connections and recognition necessary to lead change within organisations at all levels. They are independent and international. They apply the combined expertise of members to provide evidence and influence decision-making, working towards their vision of transforming the world to sustainability.


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The Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) is an international organisation of people sharing a common interest in the modern management of recreational and commercial fisheries.

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) is a major UK engineering institution whose activities encompass the whole materials cycle, from exploration and extraction, through characterisation, processing, forming, finishing and application, to product recycling and land reuse. It exists to promote and develop all aspects of materials science and engineering, geology, mining and associated technologies, mineral and petroleum engineering and extraction metallurgy, as a leading authority in the worldwide materials and mining community. 

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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 is the body responsible for the registration of environmental professionals.  We are the custodian of the Chartered Environmentalist, Registered Environmental Practitioner and Registered Environmental Technician registers, and since 2004 have established a sound platform as the body tasked with championing and registering the expertise of environmental professionals.

Working as a partnership with 24 Licensed Bodies, we ensure the quality, relevance and awareness of our registrations and enabling our partners and registrants to work together. We have registered over 9,000 environmental professionals to date and new registrants are continuing to join the register year on year.

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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.