Irish Catholic Eco Eye

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis paints a compelling picture of the people of God together rediscovering their mandate to care for God’s world. But how are we to put this noble calling into practice? Here are three suggestions at three different levels: the individual; the parish; and the diocese or denomination.

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Cambridge’s postgraduate pioneers

With thanks to all the many people who have made this research possible…

Snow Leopard Research Nepal

Jonny’s research is profiled in this article on pioneering postgraduates at the University of Cambridge.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Conducting scoping interviews in the shadow of the Annapurna massif.  Photo by Prawesh Poudel

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Encounter more

A look back at the Hanson’s study trip to A Rocha Canada’s Brooksdale environmental centre in the summer of 2016.

How do you sum up a summer in just a few sentences? Or how do you describe a formative experience with only words, when words, and even pictures, can only go so far? You can’t. But what you can do is sketch an outline, a few broad strokes of the literary brush that paint a rough image, or distil the basic essence, of an inspiring intercultural encounter, an encounter with myself, with others, with the rest of creation and with God. Continue reading

Tax dodging and conservation

I recently gave a talk at A Rocha Canada’s Brooksdale environmental centre on the potential links between tax dodging and conservation. The issue remains as important now as when I first wrote this blog but the precise nature of any relationships have yet to be explored empirically.

Conservationists should take note of tax dodging and its potential links to biodiversity loss, argues Jonny Hanson, although research is needed to clarify the relationships.

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Snow leopards and sustainability

Snow Leopard Research Nepal

Jonny’s recent presentation on his research at the 17th Student Conference on Conservation Science at the University of Cambridge, 22nd – 24th March.

Presentation abstract (summary)

Given the prevalence of poverty and pastoralism across the snow leopard’s range, this talk addresses the assumptions that more diverse and resilient livelihoods, and a decentralised conservation governance model, will improve attitudes to and reduce conflict with the species. It also tests these assumptions in relation to snow leopard conservation. Using systematic sampling, a quantitative questionnaire was administered to 705 households at two sites in Nepal: Sagarmatha National Park, with a centralised governance model; and Annapurna Conservation Area, with a decentralised one. Seventy qualitative interviews were also collected for cross-methods triangulation. Regression models were the main form of analysis.

Attitudes to snow leopards were best predicted by attitudes to snow leopard conservation and numbers of livestock; with attitudes to snow leopard conservation, it was…

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