Balancing society’s priorities: the need for new research and tools

Lian Pin Koh

Growing demands for water, food and energy are expected to intensify land-use conflicts in the tropics where population growth has been most rapid, the people are poorest, and biodiversity is richest and yet most threatened globally. An urgent challenge for decision-makers in these regions is to reconcile human development with environmental protection. In this presentation, I discuss the need for new research and tools for addressing these emerging environmental challenges. These tools might include new approaches for measuring current states of the environment, predicting future outcomes, and communicating findings to support land-use decision-making. Some of this research might be considered radical and high-risk, and fall outside of conventional academic pursuits. But they might also yield significant payoffs for advancing conservation science, policy and practice to achieve more sustainable development in the tropics.

Event Information
Event date and time: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Croul Hall, Room 3101
Speaker Information
Lian Pin Koh
About the Speaker: 

Assistant Professor of Applied Ecology & Conservation
Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship
Department of Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore

ESS Information
Earth System Science @ UC Irvine
Research Area: 
General Earth System Science