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Forest loss starves fish

11 Jun 2014

Research shows forest debris that drains into lakes is an important contributor to freshwater food chains – bolstering fish diets to the extent that increased forest cover causes fish to get ‘fat’ and sparse forest leaves smaller, underfed fish.

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Time for plan bee

03 Oct 2013

Insect pollinators provide a service worth an estimated £430 million to food, farming and retail sectors in the UK. How can we protect them, and enhance the sustainability of the UK food production system?

Sustainable livestock production is possible

25 Sep 2013 

New research advocates use of pastures with shrubs and trees as it is more sustainable, improving animal welfare and increasing biodiversity.

Amazon rainforest

Leading the battle to protect the Amazon

09 Jan 2013

A graduate of Cambridge’s fledgling MPhil in Conservation Leadership returned last month to speak to current students about his vital work to protect the Amazon rainforest.

Oil palm plantation

Climate chemistry and the tropics

05 Oct 2012

New models are being developed to predict how changing land use in the tropics could affect future climate, air quality and crop production.

Ben in the forest

‘Extreme Sleepover #2’ – a night in Ghana’s tropical forest

23 Dec 2011

In the second of a series of reports contributed by Cambridge researchers, zoologist Dr Ben Phalan ventures into a tropical forest to understand the impact of encroaching agriculture.

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Ghana forest

Sparing or sharing? Protecting wild species may require growing more food on less land

02 Sep 2011

Separating land for nature and land for crops may be the best way to meet increased food demand with the least impact on wild species.

Chocolate-backed Kingfisher

Farming and the fate of wild nature

19 Jul 2011

As the drive to increase food production gathers pace, conservation scientists suggest that reconciling food security with protecting biodiversity might require unexpected solutions.

 Bags of charcoal lined on the road into Dar es Salaam.  This charcoal was produced in the forest and woodlands outside of Dar.  Charcoal is the main source of cooking fuel in urban areas across sub-Saharan Africa.

Scientists calculate the true cost of saving rainforest and improving food security

31 May 2011

Current plans to mitigate deforestation could adversely affect rural poor.

People specializing in this area

  • Biodiversity
  • Land-sparing
  • Water and ecosystems services
  • Soil management