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Ecosystem function workshop

Posted in WORKSHOP by Faezah Ismail on January 28, 2010

Scientists from at least seven European and South East Asian (SEA) countries are in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this week to attend a scientific workshop on Quantification of Ecosystem Function: Challenges and Benefits.

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus in Kuala Lumpur is hosting the two-day workshop which began today.

The British High Commission Singapore and SEA-EU-NET — a European science and technology project which brings together all 10 member countries of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) —  are the workshop sponsors.

The workshop hopes to set up a “Community of Practice” of researchers and stakeholders working with SEA ecosystems and agroecosystems.

“For many decades research on natural ecosystems and agriculture has diverged into distinct communities. However, we now increasingly recognise that agriculture depends on the same shared principles as nature and future agriculture will depend much more on a multidisciplinary ecosystem-based approach for its success. An important goal of this meeting will be to examine how such an approach might be developed for research activities in the SEA region,” says Sayed Azam-Ali, Professor of Tropical Agronomy and vice-president (research) at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.

The World Health Organisation notes that humans have changed natural ecosystems more rapidly and extensively over the past 50 years than in any comparable period in human history.

Changes to the planet have contributed to real net gains in health, well-being and economic development but many of the benefits that the global ecosystem provides to support life on Earth are unsustainable.

The workshop speakers are known for their disciplinary expertise and have specialist knowledge of ecosystems in the SEA region.

Together with researchers and stakeholders they will discuss how to use multidisciplinary approaches to quantify ecosystem function and how to apply an understanding of ecosystem function to agroecosystems.

More information is available from Professor Sayed Azam-Ali on +6 (03) 8924 8306 or +6 (03) 277 4135, sayed.azam-ali@nottingham.edu.my; or Lindsay Brooke, Media Relations Manager, The University of Nottingham on +44 (0)115 951 5751, lindsay.brooke@nottingham.ac.uk

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