Back to the - future landscapes

Sustainable landscape management and conservation today face multiple challenges including water, food and energy demands and the transition to a low-carbon society. The impact of humans is so prominent these days, that officially a new geological period (the Anthropocene, period of man) for the present is being considered.

The intensity and impacts of land management on natural systems as well as the threats to cultural heritage today are unprecedented. We argue to look back in history - we require a more nuanced understanding of the deep history of cultural landscapes and the influence of changing human-environment interactions on the current state of the environment. So we will develop sustainable ways of dealing with landscape changes in the future.

Different views on landscape management

This symposium is exploring the energy shift transformations in nature and culture for the future by an interdisciplinary spectrum.

Jens Christian Svenning, ecologist, will explain “rewilding” in perspective of sustainable landscape management in the Athropocene. Can we just let nature run its course?

Hans Renssen, palaeoclimatologist, describes how the warm climate from the Holocene era and the previous period could help us with creating a sustainable world.

Sjoerd Kluiving, geoarcheologist, will talk about future landscapes from the TERRANOVA perspective, with taking into account the lessons of the past.

After these three presentations, the speakers -together with young PhD researchers- will start an interactive session with the audience about sustainable landscape management.

Frank Arthur from TERRANOVA will be our host. The symposium will be accompanied by music. 

Practical information:

Date: Tuesday 8 October

Time: from 7.30 - 9.30 PM (Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna)

Location: Honig Complex Honig complex, 20-22 Waalbandijk, 6541 AJ Nijmegen

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