Biodiversity

Conversion of land for food production is a major threat to biodiversity, while much biodiversity exists on agricultural land. The conservation of wildlife and the maintenance of ecosystem services can be separated from issues of food security.

St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS

07th November 2018

 

A multi-disciplinary research conference on the effects of meat and dairy on population health, the economy, society and the environment

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Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

The services of ecological systems and the natural capital stocks that produce them represent a considerable share of the total value of the planet. Because these services are not fully captured in markets, they are often given too little weight in policy decisions and this neglect may threaten the sustainability of humans in the biosphere.

This seminar series will synthesize the large (but scattered) existing information about the value of ecosystem services and natural capital and present it in a form useful for ecologists, economists, policy makers, and the general public. It will also be helpful in valuing natural capital in 'green' national accounting systems which are currently being proposed in many countries.

Open to all.

Convenors: Prof Dieter Helm, Prof Cameron Hepburn, Prof Robert Hahn

What can we harm?

Speaker: Kathy Willis, Professor, University of Oxford and Director of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Date: Wednesday 26 February 2014

Time: 5-6:30pm

Venue: Beckit Room, OUCE, South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3QY

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Taking place at SSEE, University of Oxford, Hayes House, 75 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ.

Speaker: Tim Searchinger (SSEE and OMS Visiting Fellow and Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School)

Seminar Summary: What role is growing demand for food, bioenergy and forest products playing and likely to play in deforestation and other losses of terrestrial carbon?   What role do and can yield gains and pasture intensification play in protecting forests?  Many analysts treat such gains automatically as sparing natural lands while other researchers claim that they often lead to increasing deforestation?  Should Africa’s wetter savannas be viewed as a large, environmentally low cost land reserve?  How do we know underutilized land when we see it?  Answers to these questions are often confused by various conventions and misapplications of land use and carbon accounting and by the failure to appreciate the interlinkages of land use changes worldwide. This talk will address these challenges.

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Panel discussion organised by by first year PhD students studying at the University of Oxford as part of the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership in Evironmental Research. Part of the Grand Challenges Seminar Series 2017.

Date: Tuesday 30 May, 17:30-18:30

Venue: Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BD

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Date: Thursday 11 July 2013

Time: 4:15pm- 6:30pm

Venue: A J Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY

Speaker: Dr John F McCarthy, Senior Lecturer, Environmental Management and Development Programme, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

OCTF seminar followed by drinks - all welcome

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A major symposium on the global impacts of UK food consumption.

Food production and biodiversity conservation are in conflict.  Join experts and leading voices from farmers' groups, food suppliers, major retailers, conservationists, scientists, NGOs and policy-makers to debate sustainable solutions to the growing challenge of balancing food security and environmental protection.

Dates: 21 Oct - 22 Oct 2015

Venue: ZSL London Zoo, Outer Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY

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Oxford Food Forum:

Culture, Food, & the Environment: New Perspectives on Food Sovereignty and Security

Delegates Conference Schedule 2015 – Saturday May 2nd

Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College,

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People » Alexandra Morel

Post Doctoral Researcher

Alex is a post-doctoral researcher on the recently launched ECOLIMITS Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) project. This project will be monitoring and modeling ecosystem service provision of intact forest and cocoa-dominated or coffee-dominated production systems for neighboring communities. The ecosystem services to be monitored are nutrient cycling (e.g.

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People » Andy Hector

Professor of Ecology

Andy is a community ecologist interested in the relationship between biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems.

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