The aim of the Dŵr Uisce project is to improve the long-term sustainability of water supply, treatment and end-use in Ireland and Wales through the development of a number of new innovative technology platforms; undertaking economic and environmental impact assessments, and developing policy and best practice guidelines to facilitate the implementation of integrated low-carbon and smart energy solutions for the water sector.
The Sustainable Intensification Platform
The work on sustainable intensification of upland sheep production being conducted at Henfaes Research Centre is part of a bigger project looking at how to increase food production in a way that is less damaging on the environment.
Extreme Flooding Research Project
The UK witnessed unusually severe flooding in the winters of 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, with many areas across the UK remaining underwater for almost three months. We have monitored the recovery of agricultural soils in Somerset and Worcestershire every month since the flood waters receded, conducted several laboratory studies to investigate the chemical and physical changes that occur in the soil during and shortly after an extreme flooding and are conducting a field experiment to determine what management practices are best for repairing flood damage to soils.
Uplands-N2O Research Project
The overarching aims of the project are to gain an improved understanding of the spatial and temporal interactions between sheep grazing behaviour, forage selection, urine composition and edaphic factors to increase the accuracy of direct N2O emission estimates from extensive upland systems.
Climate change, trade policies and environmental regulations will have a profound effect on rural livelihoods in Costa Rica. The SusCoRiDa project team will work with the appropriate stakeholders to evaluate, and ultimately recommend, dairy development pathways in Costa Rica, based on three main pillars: improving livelihoods and rural incomes; reducing greenhouse gas emissions and nutrient losses; adapting and building resilience to climate change.
This timeline outlines the evolution of our investigation to understand better the aspirations of rural households in an effort to determine implications for agricultural research. It will highlight the major steps taken and progress made. We will also add the unique perspectives of the research teams involved and the new insights gained from this newly established collaboration between the World Agroforestry Centre, ICRISAT, the Cynefin Centre and Bangor University.
Some intractable research issues benefit from looking at them from another angle and from using new scientific methods or partnering with others in different fields of research. Such cross-disciplinary processes can be difficult and require time and commitment from the parties involved to fully understand the view from the other side and to make full use of the partnership as the partners bring their different expertise to the table.