What can conservation strategies learn from the ecosystem services approach?

Posted on 26th June 2016

Conservation approaches that overlook local interests can create conflict. An ecosystem services approach offers scope to mitigate such conflicts by better addressing social considerations within decision-making. A recent paper co-authored by the Environmental Change Institute’s Pam Berry considers ecosystem services in two of Spain’s national parks.

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When is river restoration rewilding?

Posted on 24th June 2016

What might rewilding ‘do’ for degraded freshwater ecosystems that widespread and established restoration projects aren’t doing already? Oxford University’s Dr Paul Jepson, author of the new policy brief on rewilding with Rewilding Europe, responds to this question.

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Understanding and managing river ecosystems through optimisation

Posted on 14th June 2016

Increased awareness of the ecological value of rivers has created a number of challenges to the development of robust, adaptable and socially acceptable river management strategies. New research led by Oxford’s Emily Barbour, explores the use of optimisation methods to assist in the management of riverine ecosystems.

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Microplastics in rivers: a new mathematical model

Posted on 10th June 2016

The increased presence of microplastics in the environment is a growing concern. Researchers at the University of Oxford have helped develop a new mathematical model to better understand the transport and diffusion of microplastics through river systems.

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