John Powell recently visited a common in South Wales which has been the focus of many battles over recent times, but the one that took place while he was there was a little out of the ordinary!
Research Assistant, Nick Lewis has been out and about conducting interviews as part of a review of the new Countryside Stewardship scheme. Read about where he has been and a particularly challenging interview location!
CCRI Director, Janet Dwyer, was interviewed on BBC 4’s Farming Today on Friday, 1st July, 2016, about the funding that the UK currently receives from the EU CAP Pillar 2 funding, which is now under threat following the Referendum vote. The interview is available to listen to online until 31st July,.
A paper produced by CCRI providing insights into farmers’ willingness and ability to undertake environmental management has just been published in the Journal of Agriculture and Human Values.
Chris Short, from CCRI recently attended and presented at a conference hosted by the Chilterns Conservation Board and Chilterns Commons Project. Here are his thoughts on the day, and how the conference related to management of common land…
The recent release of the 2014 FAO report on the State of World Fisheries clearly demonstrates the value of fishing around the globe, and the increasing importance of fish as a source of food. The report notes a significant increase in fish consumption worldwide from under 10kg/capita in the 1960s to 19.2kg/capita in 2012, and that since the early-1990s aquaculture production has steadily increased as a proportion of total fish consumed, while the amount from capture has stabilised, suggesting we may have reached the limits of fishing from natural ecosystems production in many parts of the world.
Chris Short from CCRI took part in the Greener Gloucestershire festival held over the weekend at the University of Gloucestershire’s Park campus. Chris was engaged in a debate concerning GM food production
Chris Short will be presenting a paper at the ‘Sustaining the Commons’ one day conference held at Newcastle University, and organised by the law school. An outline of his paper follows, and we will provide his presentation in due course on our Slideshare site. This presentation will attempt to explore the link between ecosystem services and new approaches to governance from a range of perspectives; academic literature, policy developments and the NGO arena. The term ecosystem services is relatively new but has gained considerable significance at a policy level. However, the contribution of some areas, such as lowland commons, seems
Jane Mills gave a presentation at the Association of Applied Biologist’s Conference on Environmental management on farmland in Lincolnshire based on a CCRI report compiled for Defra on Farmer Attitudes to Environmental Management