Ecosystem Approach – Taking Stock

The first Sibthorp Seminar in 1996 made a significant contribution to ecosystem management, breaking away from conventional thinking, and identified principles of ecosystem management that subsequently proved strongly influential in guiding the definition of the Ecosystem Approach under the CBD and the articulation of the rationale underpinning its application. Some 15 years on, there is now widespread acceptance of the need for integrated and holistic approaches to the management of natural resources, such as the ecosystem approach.

The latest Sibthorp Trust seminar entitled which took place on 14th-15th April 2011 focused on the range of approaches, frameworks and tools that are available to deliver integrated and holistic solutions for ecosystem management problems. It encompassed both UK and worldwide examples and involved both ‘high level thinkers’ as well as practitioners.

The link below will access a summary of the seminar programme
Link to summary of seminar Ecosystem Approach – Taking Stock

These are links to pdf versions of all the Powerpoint Presentations:

1. The Ecosystem Approach – Sweet Sixteen or Teenage Trauma?, Prof Edward Maltby (Sibthorp Trust)
2. Ecosystem Approach Theme, Olivier Hamerlynck (IUCN CEM)
3. Barriers to the application of the ecosystem approach – Concerns expressed by Governments and institutions, Kalemani Jo Mulongoy (CBD Secretariat)
4. The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands: challenges in operationalising wise use and the ecosystem approach, Nick Davidson, (Ramsar Convention Secretariat)
5. The Flanders case: challenges and opportunities for the ecosystem approach in a highly fragmented and urbanised area, Patrick Meire (University of Antwerp)
6. The Murray Darling Basin: Challenges and Opportunities of Ecosystem Management at the Basin-Scale, Michael Stewardson and Edward Maltby (University of Melbourne)
7. UK National Ecosystem Assessment, Joe Morris (Living with Environmental Change)
8. Socio-economic limitations, Prof Andrew Church (University of Brighton)
9. UK National Ecosystem Assessment  – key findings, Bob Watson (Living with Environmental Change)
10. Delivering Nature’s Services – The Ecosystem Services Pilots, Stewart Clarke (Natural England)
11. Green Infrastructure: Planning – An Ecosystem Services based approach, Paul Nolan, (The Mersey Forest)
12. ‘Upstream Thinking’: delivering  catchment management cost effectively with stakeholders, Martin Ross (South West Water)
13. Towards Solutions: Payments for Ecosystem Services, Laurence Couldrick (West Country Rivers Trust)
14. Ecosystem Manager, Mark Oddy (Langholm Moor Demonstration Company Ltd)
15. Ecological and Economic Foundations: Key Messages, Dr Pushpam Kumar (UNEP and University of Liverpool)
16. Distinction and Diversity in Higher Education, Andy Westwood

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