POSTPONED What on earth does the past of Eastern Africa tell us about future sustainability?

  • Date and time: Thursday 1 December 2016, 6.15pm
  • Location: Ron Cooke Hub auditorium
  • Admission: This talk has been postponed and will now be held in Spring term.

Event details

Research in Focus

This talk has been postponed and will now be held in Spring term. 

When people think of Eastern Africa they often think of lions or elephants, giraffes, tigers or hippos.  These are all there - except the tigers who live in Asia - but there are also farmers, some of whom have been building irrigated and terraced agricultural landscapes for many hundreds, if not thousands of years.

The featured projects from Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia are bridging the environmental sciences and the humanities to provide a fresh perspective on global challenges such as climate change, sustainable agriculture and conservation.

All landscapes have changed through time and these changes can affect their sustainability. We are exploring different ways in which insights about the past can tell us about sustainability today, and using this information we look at some of the future challenges.

Understanding long-term patterns in land use and environment change in Eastern Africa can provide government and public sector policy makers, and those who manage the land, with a more rounded perspective on human interactions with ecosystem services, agricultural resilience and climate adaptation.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion with renowned visiting international experts in the fields of sustainability, development, policy and conservation.

There will be a drinks reception after the event and time to explore a photographic exhibition and a short 3Sixty film. 

This talk has been postponed and will now be held in Spring term. 

Dr Daryl Stump, Archaeology Department and Dr Rob Marchant, Environment Department
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