New Commons e-book published – free download!

New Commons e-book published – free download!

The CCRI has today published a new Commons e-book, featuring a compilation of blog posts written in connection with commons, and in particular attendance at various international IASC conferences over the last few years. This follows on from the Commons e-book that the CCRI published in March 2016, entitled ‘Commons – Governance of shared assets’, which is still available as a free download.

Peat – long duration commons resource, landscape element, fuel, and essential ingredient for malt Whisky

Peat – long duration commons resource, landscape element, fuel, and essential ingredient for malt Whisky

Nick and John have been mulling over – supported by a dram or two – the issues associated with producing heavily smoked whiskies based on peat – a limited commons resource taking thousands of years to create. Nick, has for many years been visiting a variety of Scottish Islands by bicycle and this year was no exception. A trip to Islay, with further hops to Colonsay, Tiree and Coll was blessed with exceptionally good weather, despite this year being unusually wet and cold. 

Full Circle with Research Participants

Full Circle with Research Participants

Earlier this week, Janet Dwyer, Nick Lewis and Jonnie Felton attended a feedback meeting at Exford in Devon as part of the ‘State of Farming on Exmoor‘ research project commissioned by the Exmoor Hill Farming Network. The evening was an opportunity to present some key conclusions from the project to an audience of Network members and other stakeholders.

Global Soil Week & Filming Farmers

Julie Ingram and Jane Mills are co-hosting a session on soil carbon management for sustaining agricultural productivity at the forthcoming 2nd Global Soil Week 2013 “Losing Ground?” The event runs from Monday, 28 October 2013 until Thursday 31 October in Berlin and is organised by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) / Global Soil Forum. More information regarding the conference can be found on the Global Soil Week website. As part of the current ‘SmartSOIL‘ project Julie, Jane and myself (Nick Lewis) recently spent an afternoon filming a farmer who has been actively involved in improving his soil and focussing

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