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Cardiff postgraduate organises parliamentary conference

28 June 2011

Eleanor Kean WEBEleanor Kean

A recent high-level Parliamentary seminar on the land use needs of a growing society was organised by a University postgraduate.

Eleanor Kean, a third year PhD student in the School of Biosciences, was awarded a three month Fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, sponsored by the British Ecological Society.

Eleanor acted as adviser on the production of a short briefing to parliamentarians ‘Landscapes of the Future’. The paper dealt with the many pressures which will increase competition for land over the next few decades, such as population increase and climate change.

Eleanor followed up the briefing by organising a seminar in Westminster on the policy implications of competing demands for space. Chaired by Barry Gardiner MP, Ed Miliband’s Special Envoy for Climate Change and the Environment, it gave MPs and Lords the chance to discuss the issue with leading experts in the field. Speakers included representatives of Defra, the RSPB and the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The seminar came the day after the government released its Natural Environment White Paper.

Eleanor, who works on the Cardiff University Otter Project, said: "It was a very well-attended event, with a lot of high profile people from major environmental organisations. Barry Gardiner did an excellent job in chairing the discussion and we hope to see follow-up activity on this important issue."