The 2014 summer school ends with reflections by the conveners Allan Watt, Taru Peltola and Steve Redpath. Always a good time to learn some lessons from the whole school experience and share some challenges for the future that lies ahead. Everyone involved gains a lot of new insights from each summer school. Now that’s a highly valuable non-material benefit!
This year the creative communication of the students’ project was a land art event. Properly advertised in the village of Peyresq to invite the stakeholders.
Explaining the concept of the activity to stakeholders.
The “collaborative” turtle: let’s make art together to build a shared vision! Different parts of the turtle can represent different sectors/stakeholders of the Verdon region.
Stakeholders and researchers at work!
The final turtle
And there were other art projects like this turtle farm!
The talk by Mary Colwell-Hector on science communication was much appreciated by the audience and it sparked interesting discussions!
Here in particular showing wordclouds of the contents of the summer school and keywords of the LTER
Biodiversity conflicts are not conflicts between people and wildlife but conflicts between people with different interests and stakes.
Do words matter?
Should we use a different frame for describing these issues?
Speaking about “biodiversity conflicts”
- Puts the emphasis on the wildlife not people
- Makes it harder to find solutions – directs too much focus on technical solutions