Upcoming Earthwatch lectures

24 February 2010 | News story

IUCN Member Earthwatch to host two lectures in London as part of an ongoing series of educational events.

Founded in 1971, Earthwatch is an international environmental charity which engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Earthwatch has been a Member of IUCN since 1990.

Earthwatch Lecture: Farming and sustainable environments
7.00pm, Wednesday 17 March 2010, Royal Geographical Society, London SW7 2AR

Speakers: Professor Ken Norris, University of Reading; Dr Mark Chandler, Earthwatch
Chair: BBC Countryfile presenter, Julia Bradbury
Timing: 6.00pm: Doors open/photo exhibition; 7.00pm – 8.30pm: Lecture; 8.30pm - 9.30pm: Informal networking.

As the world’s population increases and climate change forces land use patterns to change, pressures upon farmers to produce more food on limited agricultural land grows by the day. Some believe we will have to grow more food over the next 50 years than we have over the last 10,000. Yet productive and sustainable agriculture depends on healthy ecosystems - fertile soil, plentiful water and flourishing natural pollinators and pest controllers. Can we reconcile the conflict between urgently intensifying agriculture and conserving precious ecosystems?
Join environmental charity, Earthwatch, as their scientists, Professor Ken Norris and Dr Mark Chandler, tease apart the complex issues at the heart of this debate, relating it to their research on the sustainability of cocoa farming in Ghana and coffee production in Costa Rica.

Earthwatch Lecture: Forests: challenged by a changing climate
7.00pm, Thursday 20 May 2010, Royal Geographical Society, London SW7 2AR

Speakers: Dr Mark Huxham, Napier University; Dr Glen Reynolds, Royal Society SE Asia Rainforest Research Programme
Timing: 6.00pm: Doors open; 7.00pm – 8.30pm: Lecture; 8.30pm - 9.30pm: Informal networking.

Almost half of the planet’s original forests have been severely damaged by illegal logging and uncontrolled conversion to farmland, compromising their capacity to support wildlife, maintain soil structure and fertility, protect watersheds, and provide essential raw materials for local communities. However, if well managed, forests are extremely resilient, demonstrating an extraordinary capacity to regenerate. In the face of decades of human exploitation – and now climate change – how can we restore forests before they become biological deserts?
Join Earthwatch scientists, Drs Mark Huxham and Glen Reynolds, as they take you on a journey to mangrove forests in Kenya and the rainforests of Borneo. They will share with you the results to date of their pioneering research into the restoration of two very different, yet similarly challenged, forest ecosystems.

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Earthwatch lectures are free to current Earthwatch donors and students; all other participants are asked to make a voluntary donation.