Feeding the World and Security Biodiversity

4 November 2013, 17:00 - 18:30

Law Faculty, LG19

This event is free and open to all.

Gretchen Daily, Professor of Environmental Science, Stanford Woods, will give a series of three public lectures and participate in a concluding symposium on Tuesday 5 November


Achieving the dual goals of feeding humanity and securing Earth’s life-support systems will require a revolution in both agriculture and conservation.  No human activity has a greater impact than producing food and – until the next asteroid slams into the planet – the future of all known life will be determined by people, more than any other force.  In developing practical solutions, it is critical that we shift away from narrow paradigms in each arena to an integrated view of the multiple values and types of security derived from Earth’s lands and waters. I will briefly outline this dual challenge, and then dive into promising new findings and approaches for harmonizing conservation and production, looking at long-term study systems in California and Costa Rica.  We will consider the implications for biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being of alternative production systems, today and over centuries to millennia. 

Other events in this series:

The Humanitas Chair in Sustainability Studies has been made possible by the generous support of Tellus Mater Foundation.

Over its 5 year duration, the Visiting Professorship will touch on a diverse range of topics relating to sustainability studies, ranging from the environment and behaviour, to policy and economics.

The Humanitas Chair in Sustainability Studies is organised in collaboration with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative(CCI), a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focussed biodiversity conservation organisations clustered in and around Cambridge, UK. CCI seeks to transform the global understanding and conservation of biodiversity and the natural capital it represents and, through this, secure a sustainable future for all life on Earth. The CCI partners together combine and integrate research, education, policy and practice to create innovative solutions for society and to foster conservation learning and leadership. 

Standing Committee

Mike Rands (Excecutive Director, Cambridge Conservation Initiative)
William Sutherland (Zoology)
Bhaskar Vira (Geography)

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