26/05/2017: “Big Data and Conservation“: – Kirstie Hazelwood and Katie Samuels
TBC: “Intrinsic value and local livelihoods” – Jon Wilson
TBC: “Indigenous rights and conservation” – Richard Quilliam
The Future of Conservation project is a recent initiative which aims to explain variation in views held by conservationists, “as a way of informing debates on the future on conservation.” Included on their website is a 15 minute survey, building on review work, which positions the respondent along two axes:
Completion of the survey will spit out a plot (example below) showing where you sit on these axes and place you into one of four categories of conservationist:
In this Conservation Conversation www discussed the Future of Conservation project, its aims, categorisations, and the potential opportunities the resulting data could provide.
Grouse shooting areas constitute a large proportion of the Scottish uplands. Whilst the activity contributes to rural economies, it comes with large environmental costs. Management of these areas includes widespread, intensive predator control, which can include the illegal persecution of protected raptor species such as hen harriers. In this week’s Conservation Conversation, Jeremy Cusack (from the University of Stirling’s ConFooBio project), Eilidh McNab (University of Stirling) and Andrea Hudspeth (Scottish Raptor Study Group) will lead a discussion on the conflicts surrounding raptors and driven grouse shooting.
24/02/17: “Transition or Conserve?'” – Emma Bush
Can you imagine a scenario in which the UK government believed Newton’s law of gravity but then kept insisting on funding infrastructure projects such as floating metal bridges that ignored its existence? It would be madness! But isn’t that what happens every day for the fundamental laws of Ecology? Rational human beings have come to understand that the earth consists of finite resources and yet communally and individually we continue to act as if this were not true.
In this lunchtime discussion we explored the following questions: