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Towards ‘The Big Environmental Society’

23 March 2011

Towards the big environmental society

Some of Europe’s leading figures in nature conservation, landscape governance and ecosystem service management are heading to Cardiff (14-15 April) to take part in a unique event designed to bring together researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from across Wales, the UK and Germany.

Towards the ‘Big Environmental Society’ will discuss whether more strategic approaches are required to address threats to biodiversity and ecosystems.

In light of recent economic, political and social changes, the symposium aims to encourage critical debate on the role of civil society in current governance models.

Dr Peter Feindt, a Reader in Environmental Policy at the School of City and Regional Planning, and speaker at the Symposium, said: "The Symposium is evidence that Cardiff is really on the map in terms of creating international impact and networks.

"I am very grateful to our partners from Germany who will bring some of the world’s leading practitioners and academics in the field to Wales. Biodiversity and ecosystem services are key challenges for sustainable development and we need to mobilise society and the best academic knowledge to develop viable approaches."

The two-day event will feature an array of high-profile speakers and participants from the UK and Germany covering a range of sectors, to create a unique opportunity for mutual learning.

Presenters include: Professors Kevin Morgan, Susan Baker, and Ken Peattie from the University; Paul Morling (RSPB), Morgan Parry (Countryside Council for Wales), Tilmann Heuser (Friends of the Earth, Germany), and Christiane von Finckenstein-Wang (VW, Germany).

The German-British symposium is jointly hosted by the School of City and Regional Planning, the CIVILand Research Group (Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research) based in Germany, the University’s Sustainable Places Research Institute and the ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS).

Participation in the Symposium is free (without catering) but registration is essential. Please e-mail: to guarantee your place.

Further details on the Symposium are available at:

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Sustainable Places Research Institute