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Thursday 5th October 2023

Policy and Management Impacts


Biodiversity is not an issue that stands alone. It is a concept that sits within a co-evolving system of social and ecosystem interactions at a variety of scales. To address biodiversity fully, it is necessary to see the context within which it is framed.

This module seeks to explore the conflicting influences on decisions that affect biodiversity, for example:

Improving engagement and governance require:

  • Changes in markets and consumer demand
  • Normative influences within the agricultural community
  • Changes in policy and agricultural funding schemes

We take an integrated approach to examine the biodiversity implications of policy and management change, using advanced simulation and GIS modelling techniques to explore the issues, together with broader qualitative analyses.



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