Andrew has suggested that we meet for the Earthwatch Lecture "Living in Harmony with Nature", which will take place at the Royal Geographical Society. Thanks for the great suggestion, Andrew! This is one in a series of Earthwatch Lectures, and should be fantastic and informative. I've attached below a synopsis from the website, and you can find out more information here:
* Even though it's free or by donation, you will need to reserve a ticket on the website. Please do this asap if you intend to come! *
I will be collecting a £2/person donation for Earthwatch on behalf of our group. If you can, please bring £2 to support their good work.
I propose that we meet at 6:30 pm near the entrance/ticketing area. I plan to be there by 6, because there is a reception going on, so do come early if you would like to be part of the reception as well. I realize that some people won't be able to arrive before 6:30, however, so am going to make that the official meeting time (if you've already arrived and are in the reception and we've not met up yet, just head over to the entrance for 6:30 to find us!). The actual lecture starts at 7.
SYNOPSIS OF LECTURE:
As our growing population encroaches further into habitats on both sea and land, seeking to improve and protect our livelihoods, the contact between people and wildlife is growing. Across many parts of the world, wildlife is struggling to coexist with human activity in highly modified environments.
The extent and degree to which threatened wildlife can live peacefully with humans over the long-term is a serious conservation issue, with detrimental impacts including the unsustainable exploitation of a species, unwanted side-effects from local industries - such as by-catch from fisheries - or human-induced change in an environment that a species is dependent on. Conflict - and even fatalities - can occur due to direct competition for food and space.
Finding ways for humans and wildlife to live in harmony side by side will be crucial to not only species conservation, but also ecosystem health. This in turn will benefit human health, both now and in the future.
Join us at this first Earthwatch lecture of 2013, where we'll span land and ocean as three Earthwatch scientists discuss how they are working to improve the relationship between people and wildlife through their contrasting research projects.
From leopards and baboons in South Africa, to whales and dolphins in the Norwegian Ocean, Dr Russell Hill and Iva Kovacic will provide insight into the conservation challenges they face, and how science, education and sustainable activities may support effective long-term solutions to the benefit of both wildlife and people. Faced with growing economic development and a changing climate, planning for long-term species conservation has never been more challenging. Can we foster new solutions tonight?
Chairing this lecture, and fielding your questions, will be Dr. Dawn Scott, an Earthwatch scientist and Principal Lecturer in Ecology at the University of Brighton. Dawn investigates hyaena ecology in South Africa, and recently lent her expertise to appear on Channel Four's 2012 programme and nationwide urban fox study, "Foxes Lives: Wild in the City".