Safeguarding the Planet: Meeting Sustainable Development Goals

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University of Essex Colchester Campus

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8th Essex University - Writtle College Conference

Safeguarding the Planet: Meeting Sustainable Development Goals.

29th April 2016, 09:30 - 16:30

This conference is an interdisciplinary forum for Writtle and Essex scholars working on environmental, sustainability and development issues to share ideas and research.

Conference Programme:

09:30 - 10:00, LTB 5: Arrival & Refreshments

10:00 - 12:15, LTB 5: Plenary talks

Peter Hobson: 'Rewilding, panacea or Pandora’s Box? Confronting challenges of achieving 2020 biodiversity targets in a modified and changing UK landscape'.

Jeremy Strong: 'The Forager Today'.

Diane Holt: 'Social (and necessity) entrepreneurship in the informal economy – an sub-Saharan African perspective'.

Dr Chris Bishop:'Reducing Waste in the Food Chain'.

12:15 - 13:15: Lunch

13:15 - 14:30: Panel Sessions

Panel 1: Water

Nigel South: ‘Water, inequalities and injustice- past and present’

Storm Le Roux: ‘Project Acqua: A Financing Framework for the Delivery of Global Water Sustainability'.

Zhang Xiaoyang: 'Urban drinking water crisis and inequality: A case study of China'.

Panel 2: Innovation and Change

Sife Chikunya: ‘Essential oils as feed additives to reduce environmental damage by ruminant animals’.

Zoe Barker, Holly Hodges, Jorge Vazquez Diosdado Jon Amory and Edward Codling: ‘Assessment of dairy cow welfare through predictive modelling of individual and social behaviour’.

Alfred Mensah: ‘Institutional innovations to reduce transaction costs and risks between farmers and traders in rural markets in Ghana’.

14:30 - 14:45: Refreshments

14:45 - 16:05: Panel Sessions

Panel 3: Extractive Industries

Thoko Kaime: ‘The SDGs and the Right to Energy’.

Jessika Eichle: ‘Indigenous cooperatives: A new response to mining extractivism in the Bolivian lowlands’.

Jasper Finkeldey: ‘Lessons from Marikana? South Africa’s sub-imperialism and the rise of Blockadia’.

Helle Ablevik-Lawson: ‘Sustainable development or neo-extractivism? Avoiding the resource curse in developing Bolivia’s lithium reserves’.

Panel 4: Neoliberalism

Martin Crook: ‘The capitalist mode of conservation as genocide: Selling nature to conserve it’.

Lauren Crabb: ‘Forestry carbon, SDGs and the FIFA World Cup’.

Zareen Bharucha: ‘Exploring the sociogenesis of sustainability challenges: the food-energy-climate change trilemma’.

Boonatwee Teamvan and Sandra Moog: 'Turning the tides in Ban Khun Samut Chin: Disaster economics in a Thai village facing severe coastal erosion'.

16:10 - 16:30: Concluding Commentary

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Organiser of Safeguarding the Planet: Meeting Sustainable Development Goals

The Essex Sustainability Insitute (ESI) is an interdisciplinary platform at the University of Essex for high quality research, teaching and consulting in environmental sustainability.

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