Land and Nature Stewardship

Presenter: 
Dr Wendy Seabrook

Nature has had billions of years to fine tune the design of sustainable, resilient and self-maintaining ecosystems, the basic functional units in nature. Our human-modified systems, while mostly ecologically dysfunctional are still subject to the laws of nature, and operate as ecosystems. Ecosystems therefore provide a logical framework for redesigning our own systems, whether they are gardens, farms, businesses or communities, to be more sustainable and self-maintaining.

Presenter: 
Naomi van der Velden

Whilst large-scale monocultures have presented economic solutions to food production, it is clear that not all costs have been factored into production, and new environmental and social challenges have been created. New agricultural systems must meet environmental and ecological objectives as well as economic ones, and work within social and cultural frameworks. An analysis of existing alternative systems aims to suggest future opportunities in our food production.

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Presenter: 
Federico Filippi

My presentation will be based on outlining the concept of “arable permaculture” and will also include a brief introduction to my field work at New Gokul Farm.

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Naomi van der Velden
Les Firbank

2 hour workshop.

An open meeting of the BES Agricultural Ecology group on the theme of "How can we build an evidence-base for permaculture?" This will be a two hour session.

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Presenter: 
Jeremiah Kidd

Climate Change presents humankind with immense challenges, how will we adapt in an abundant & resilient manner? Permaculture offers the solutions for whatever our future holds! I will offer hope & resilience with examples from incredibly productive projects that receive less than 35cm of precipitation!

Presenter: 
Jay Abrahams

Permaculture PhD Research:

Case studies of real world functional landscapes - created using permaculture design principles.

Assessing Regenerative 'Low-Entropy' Systems, for increasing the sustainability of wastewater purification and resource production, compared with the performance of conventional 'High-Entropy' Systems for wastewater treatment.

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Presenter: 
Jerome Osentowski

Humans work hard to hold back succession - mowing, weeding, plowing, and spraying. If the successional process were the wind, we would be constantly motoring against it. Why not put up a sail and glide along with the land’s natural tendency to become forest?

Presenter: 
Alison Taylor

In this workshop we will look at how we can rise to the challenges of living together in an urban setting. How do we overcome isolation, poor quality and insufficient housing, while encouraging support of the natural environment and service provision?

Presenter: 
Hyeone Park

How can we assess food forests? My interdisciplinary research aims to develop a framework of criteria and indicators (C&I) for assessing the effectiveness of food forests in assisting ecological restoration. To develop this framework I use a food forest case study which offers a local, innovative model of food forestry for conservation organizations yet requires an assessment framework: the Galiano Conservancy Association which will be restoring a degraded land to a food forest in an endangered forest landscape on Galiano Island, Canada.

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Christopher Nesbitt

Much of the lowland humid tropics is densely populated, and soils have been depleted by monocultures. Traditional sustainable agricultural models have been discarded in favor of petroleum dependent models. Traditional foods have been displaced by cheap processed imported foods. Land has been degraded by monoculture and unsustainable practices tied to increasing population density.

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