Reinventing Noah’s Ark: Is Nature Conservation the Solution to Flooding?

Our event of Trinity 2014 looked into an issue that had been at the forefront of news that previous winter; namely flooding and flood control. With increasing urbanisation along the banks of rivers, the threat of flooding and increased damage from these events is a very real problem when it comes to urban (as well as rural) planning. We aimed to explore the alternatives to hard engineering (e.g. walls/ flood barriers/ etc) in tackling this problem and to see whether there is space for nature in these plans. Continue reading “Reinventing Noah’s Ark: Is Nature Conservation the Solution to Flooding?”

Conservation in the UK: Challenges, Solutions and New Ideas

The Oxford Nature Conservation Society chose to focus its latest event on conservation actions and policies in the UK. This was a great opportunity to hear more about the issues we face at home and learn about the approaches conservationists are currently implementing to tackle them effectively. Throughout the evening, the audience was presented with a variety of topics ranging from protected areas to invasive species monitoring, through to climate change mitigation. Talks were both informative and thought-provoking, emphasising the difficulties of predicting the future and questioning the very foundations of our approach to conservation in this country.

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Conflict and Charisma

Our Hilary 2013 event – ‘Conflict and Charisma’ – got off to a positive start with a steady stream of people, from a range of different backgrounds, filing into the somewhat cramped St. Peter’s College room. In addition to our crowd of regular members, there were a number of new faces at this event (many of them from WildCRU) who had come along to hear about some of the issues surrounding the conservation of charismatic mammals and the international issue of human-wildlife conflict.

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Cultures of Conservation

For the second time, we were very pleased to welcome Paul Jepson to talk at a ConSoc event.

Paul explored ideas of how local and cultural practices contribute to conservation in ways that we might not necessarily expect. From his experiences out in Indonesia working on bird conservation, Paul highlighted the central theme of the evening: how relationships with nature can be very varied and specific to individual communities and cultures.

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