HYBRID: Restorations: Mending Heritage Landscapes and Biodiversity

How can we balance wilding agricultural land to increase biodiversity, while maintaining the cultural heritage within landscapes? Is it possible to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems, while restoring culture too? What issues are at stake in the UN Decade on Restoration? 

Register here by the 25th of November to participate.

An illustration of lakes, hills and the sky.

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14:00 - Introduction by Karen Lykke Syse.

14:10 Dagmar Hagen on ecosystem restoration and whether it is possible to restore nature.

14:40 - Talk by Håkon Stokland on restoration, transformative change and learning from past efforts.

15:10 - Coffee Break.

15:20 - Talk by Véronique Simon on whether we can balance natural and cultural heritage?

15:50 - Dag Jørund Lønning on the promise of regenerative land-use.

16:20 - Coffee Break.

16:30 - Discussion panel led by Dag O. Hessen.


About the presenters

  • Portrait of Dagmar Hansen standing in front of a building.Dagmar Hagen is Senior Scientific Researcher at Norwegian Institute for Nature Research. She has a PhD in Restoration Ecology, and also a MS in Public Administration. Dagmar has more than 20 years of experience with restoration research and restoration interventions. Her research has a throughout focus on the interface between social and natural sciences, and between science and on-the ground restoration. She is lead ecologist in the current two largest restoration projects in Norway; a 50 mill euro project of restoring a military area into National Park at Dovrefjell, and a 230 mill euro project of restoring a mining settlement at Svalbard into arctic wilderness.
  • Portrait of Håkon Stokland.Håkon Stokland is a researcher at the Department of Terrestrial Biodiversity at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA). He holds a PhD in interdisciplinary studies of culture and a master’s degree in history. He has also studied biology, chemistry and mathematics over three years as part of his bachelor’s degree in history, and has formerly worked as a marine biologist assistant. His research focus is on biodiversity governance and the role of management tools and knowledge in biodiversity-related politics. Topics of investigation include forest governance, restoration, climate budgets for ecosystems, nature mapping methodologies, environmental impact assessments, and wolf management. 
  • Portrait of Dr. Véronique Karine Simon NielsenDr. Véronique Karine Simon Nielsen is a researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU), Department of Heritage and Society. Educated as an architect and a landscape researcher, she has both professional and academic experience in architecture, cultural landscape approaches, and cultural heritage issues. Her research interests are topics related to heritage and landscape values in sensitive environments, localised geographical practices, and citizens’ participation. She is involved in several national and EU-funded research and innovation projects.
  • Portrait of Dag Jørund LønningDag Jørund Lønning is professor of creativity and rural development and rector at The University College for Green Development in Bryne. He has worked with environmentally friendly land-use models for many years, and is particularly well-known for his books on regenerative agriculture (Jordboka, Jordboka II and Kompostboka). His first novel, Første Losebok. Naturanto (The Book of Regenesis in English) is released in November 2021. Lønning has received a number of awards for his works: Rural Blogger og the Year (2014), Rural Name of the Year (2015) and This Year’s Earthworm (2019).

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Tags: OSEH, HF, SUM, Nature/Culture
Published Nov. 9, 2021 10:31 AM - Last modified Apr. 21, 2022 11:10 AM