Friday, January 11 • 11:00am - 11:45am
BitRW: Rethinking conservation - enhancing life for people and nature (7)

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The practise of conservation often works on the premise that we must conserve all biodiversity and that it should be kept ‘pristine’. There is however, a fundamental issue with the term pristine, especially in the context of modern society, as human populations have had such a prolonged and significant impact on all ecosystems. Therefore we need to consider whether we should rethink the way in which we approach conservation, recognising the close interactions that humans have with their surroundings as part of the ecosystem, rather than something separate. In this session we will explore the ways in which humans have been part of their ecosystem through time and show how the increasing separation has led to loss for both humans and nature. We will then look at new approaches to conservation and human-society relationships and how this can benefit all life on earth.

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Lesley Batty

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, University of Birmingham
Lesley Batty is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science (teaching focussed) and brings her enthusiasm and expertise in this area to all aspects of her work. She is also Programme Lead for Environmental Sciences.She has a particular interest in the ecology of industrial pollution... Read More →

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Friday January 11, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
BioSciences 301