The 10th World Wilderness Congress (WILD10) will take place in Salamanca, Spain 4-10th October 2013. Steve Carver (WRi) is co-chair of the Science and Stewardship Symposium alongside Alan Watson and Zdenka Krenova. More information can be found at the congress web site (http://www.wild10.org).

Scotland first to map wild land

In a first for the UK, a new map detailing Scotland’s wild areas is being published today by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Using a method developed by WRi, a map was prouced showing the relative wildness of all of Scotland’s landscapes. http://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/2897/scotland_first_to_map_wild_land

Lawton Report on “Making Space for Nature”

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 more

Jin Su Jeong visiting WRi and CSAP

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 visiting WRi

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.

Mapping Wild Scotland

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.