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Putting the concept of ecosystem services into practice

"The Ecosystem Approach is much more than accepting ecosystems as the core of environmental management. It recognises that people and society are integral components of ecosystems and their management and conservation. This necessitates a way of working and decision-making that cuts across traditional policy and institutional boundaries.

Exploring alternatives to farming without neonics

ASSIST is a major collaborative NERC and BBSRC-funded research programme exploring methods to deliver sustainainable intensification of agriculture. Tackling one of the big challenges of our day it looks at how we can secure our future food supply for a growing population without causing unacceptable environmental damage. CEH leads the ASSIST programme in partnership with Rothamsted Research and the British Geological Survey, working with collaborators from academia, industry and the agricultural community.

How is land use change altering global patterns of soil erosion?

According to a recent study by the University of Basel, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, almost 36 billion tons of soil is eroded every year due to water (mostly rainfall), while deforestation and other changes in land use make the problem worse.

World Antibiotics Awareness Week Twitter chat

As part of activities for World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2017, Dr Andrew Singer of CEH joined a panel of experts to discuss antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance in the environment (AMR).

The Twitter chat was arranged by the Infectious Diseases Hub. You can see their Storify of all the TalkAMR tweets here or read through Andrew's answers below with further relevant links:

Policy application of science - Science for Defra presentation

Professor David Fowler FRS CBE of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology gave a keynote presentation to the Science for Defra conference at the Royal Society, London in March 2017. Prof Fowler spoke about the policy application of science, particularly in relation to air quality policy and environmental quality.

View the slides from his presentation below:

Providing practical support for catchment management

Professor Bridget Emmett from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is the project lead for the Catchment Management Modelling Platform (CaMMP) which was launched on 9 March 2017 at an event hosted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in London. Through a web-based platform the CaMMP project aims to improve access to and integration between data and models that help address key questions in catchment management for water quality and wider ecosystem services.

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