Reducing Risks:  Ecosystems, land use and human well-being in the UK

3-day training course, 5th – 7th February 2013

Snowdonia National Park, Wales


It is now widely recognised amongst scientists, economists and policy makers that the key global challenges of the 21st century are closely interlinked.  Recent years have seen mounting crises in public health, water and food security, energy, climate change, poverty, species loss and global economic stability.  They have also seen a change in how these issues are viewed, with a major shift in attitudes on sustainable development.  Increasingly, biological diversity – the sum total of Earth’s living natural resources - is recognised as a thread that ties all of these challenges together.


For many Western nations such as the UK and Ireland, these issues are closely related to land use planning – both in terms of how land, water and living resources are valued, and in how they are utilised. The conservation of natural habitats and sensitive landscapes is increasingly seen as a form of resource utilisation – ensuring that the important benefits which communities and economies derive from the natural world are preserved or enhanced, and used wisely.


Now in its fifth year, this three day training course will provide a general overview of the links between biodiversity, ecosystem services, land use and human health and well-being, with particular focus on case studies from around the UK and from Ireland. The course is open to anyone working in relevant areas of public policy, science, civil society and private enterprise in the UK and Ireland.


Lectures by experts in biodiversity science and policy, green infrastructure, public health management, land use planning and environmental economics will explore key issues and provide practical examples as to how they can be addressed from within various fields of work.  Working groups will provide an opportunity for participants to network and to explore how these areas might be addressed within their own fields of activity.  The theory aspects will be supported by a field trip to visit sites highlighting key issues within Wales.


The course fee is £180 (c. €221) inclusive of accommodation and meals. The venue is the Plas Tan y Bwlch training centre in Snowdonia National Park.

The course is organised by the Countryside Council for Wales, the Wales Environment Research Hub and the COHAB Initiative Secretariat, with additional support from the Welsh Government, the Scottish Government and the Snowdonia National Park Authority.  For further details contact Ms. Julia Korn at CCW (


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