We are delighted to welcome Dr. Alex Moore as our next colloquium speaker on Tuesday 19th September.
Dr. Moore is an Assistant Professor at UBC, jointly appointed to the Faculty of Forestry and the Faculty of Science. Their research focuses on how predator-prey interactions impact the health and functioning of coastal wetland ecosystems and explores the role that cultural values and knowledge play in ecosystem restoration and conservation.
Identifying Cultural Services and Values for Inclusive Conservation and Restoration: A Case Study in Mangrove Ecosystems
Conservation and restoration practices that aim to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services often fail to incorporate local perspectives and cultural values. In response to this, the evaluation of cultural services and values, particularly in coastal and marine environments, has been steadily increasing over the last decade, though significant knowledge gaps remain for specific ecosystems, including mangrove forests. This talk will focus on our efforts to identify these gaps by providing a summary of the current literature on mangrove cultural services and values (CSV), indicating priority areas where additional research is needed and highlighting some of the potential sociocultural impacts associated with mangrove losses. Cultural services are often the most valued services ecosystems provided to stakeholders and local communities. As such, it is our hope that identifying these gaps will provide an impetus for the study of mangrove cultural services and values, thereby resulting in an improved understanding of the interactions between people and mangroves for the benefit of both.
This event will take place in-person and on Zoom, on Tuesday 19th Sepember from 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm Pacific.
No registration is necessary for in-person attendance, in Geography Room 229.
Please register to receive Zoom meeting details.