Event Reports

We hold a wide range of events, from large-scale conferences to panel debates and focused workshops, bringing together ecologists and policymakers.

2012

Balancing food security and environmental concerns: challenges of sustainable intensification on land and at sea

A joint meeting with the UK Biodiversity Research Advisory Group

December 2012

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What is the future for aquaculture and agriculture in the UK? Could fish become our main source of protein and seaweed a major biofuel? How can we balance increased farm productivity with clean and biodiverse freshwaters? And what are the socioeconomic and governance issues of the current significant changes in practices?

The BES collaborated with the UK Biodiversity Research Advisory Group (UK BRAG) to deliver a Special Session at the BES Annual Meeting addressing these questions, to explore how continued and ecological sustainable delivery of food and energy from the natural environment will be achieved.

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2011

Adapting conservation to a changing climate

A joint British Ecological Society and Natural England conference

January 2011

(577 KB pdf)

We organised a two-day conference with Natural England in January 2011, exploring how practical conservation measures could facilitate adaptation to climate change.

There is much interest in approaches allowing conservation and climate change adaptation objectives to be met simultaneously, using what is sometimes called ecosystem-based adaptation, for example, identifying where creating wetlands can provide flood defence.  This conference aimed to provide a timely review and synthesis of this area of research.

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