Up-close wildlife

At the African wildlife conservation hunting conference, the man from the UN Environment Programme was unequivocal with me: “if elephants are global ‘public goods’, then developed countries should also pay towards local communities having to manage living alongside them”. There have been plenty of conservation conflicts covered by mainstream news items this year. In Germany … Continue reading Up-close wildlife

State of ecological intensification

Improving productivity of farming includes ‘intensification’ of conservation practices. ‘The countryside is my factory floor’ is how one farmer (now deputy president of the NFU) framed it to the audience at a Hay Festival debate I chaired a few years ago. Farming, like retail, recreation, and including conservation, is an industry (albeit a primary one) … Continue reading State of ecological intensification