Hello and welcome to the Autumn edition of the ialeUK newsletter! This edition brings you feedback and thoughts on the excellent and lively conference, which was novel in its use of 5-minute flash presentations and interactive workshops.
The upcoming workshop will provide an opportunity for those engaged in research at MSc & PhD level to explore the types of data which are available to them, and to be introduced to a range of techniques commonly used when analysing landscape, cultural and ecological data.
The 19th ialeUK conference “Landscape Ecology: linking environment and society” successfully brought together academics, practicioners, and policy makers from a diverse range of countries and continents to consider the use of landscape ecology to balance our demands upon the environment.
A second group of conference delegates embarked upon a rigorous tour of the Carrifran wildwood site, an extraordinary exemplar of forest restoration and public engagement, overcoming conflicting conservation agendas.
The UK National Ecosystem Assessment increased our understanding of the state and future of ecosystem service delivery, and identified key uncertainties and scientific evidence gaps. The Follow-On Phase, which commenced earlier this year, attempts to bridge this knowledge gap, whilst further developing and communicating the evidence base.
Geoff Griffiths, and Ruth Evans from the University of Reading have developed a landscape scale approach to assess the impacts of land clearance for palm oil on both the environment and livelihoods of local people within Liberia.