The Government has published it’s response to the Lawton Report on “Making Space for Nature” (http://archive.defra.gov.uk/environment/biodiversity/documents/201009space-for-nature.pdf). The White Paper (http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/natural/whitepaper/) “The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature” supports Prof Lawton’s recommendation for setting up a series of 12 Ecological Restoration Zones through establishing a series of Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) to explore the opportunities … Read moreLawton Report on “Making Space for Nature”
Jin Su Jeong (PhD student, Extremadura, Spain) is visitng WRi and CSAP for 3 months (June-August 2011) working on web GIS-enabled approaches to the location and design of rural buildings integrating spatial information and stakeholder knowledge with participatory mapping and environmental assessment.
Michael Markieta (Ryerston University International Work Experience Scholarship student, Canada) is visiting WRi for 6 weeks (May-June 2011) to work on identifying possible GIS solutions to the developing wind farm-wild land conflicts in Scotland.
WRi makes it onto the front page of the October issue of the Reporter, the staff newsletter of the University of Leeds. See http://reporter.leeds.ac.uk/544/s1.htm
The WRi is currently undertaking mapping work for the John Muir Trust to develop a reconnaissance level map of wildland in Scotland for planning and policy purposes.
Steve Carver recently attended the EU/WildEurope conference on “Wilderness and Large Natural Habitat Areas in Europe” held in Prague on 27-28th May 2009 where he presented a keynote speech on “Where is wild? Definition, pattern and opportunity in Europe”.
Steve Carver is a member of a 10 strong group of motorcyclists planning to ride from the USA border to the Wild9 conference in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, a distance of over 2500 miles, to promote sustainable transport. http://www.wild.org/blog/the-ride-of-the-jaguars-el-viaje-de-los-jaguares/
WRi has secured funding from the World Universities Network (WUN) to set up an International Wilderness Research Network (iWRN) focusing on the application of spatial information technologies to key challenges in wilderness and wildland research.
Report prepared for the Cairngorms National Park Authority and SNH, 2008.