Sustainable Uplands and Field Research

Sustainable uplands project is an ongoing interdisciplinary and collaborated research plan to anticipate, monitor, and manage the rural change in the UK uplands. There is a wide range of conflicting visions for a sustainable future held by the people who visit or work in the Peak District National Park (PDNP).

Later it has expanded to develop several options for policy and practices across the UK’s peatlands and uplands. It is developing the best practice guidelines and new approaches for exchanging knowledge. Every stage involves a partnership between the expertise of local people and natural and social scientists.

The Science of Sustainable Upland Management in Developing Countries

The farmers who are surviving in tropical uplands sometimes also depend on unsustainable resources and use practices that cause soil erosion, a decrease in the crop yields, and a loss in the capacity of soil productivity. Tropical uplands are also used in logging and conversion of forest to rangelands that have similar results. The disadvantageous effects of such actions are seen at the watershed level.

The relationship of the ecological effects and causes are understated and only a few examples come to an existence of the successful integration of the ecological knowledge with the development of uplands. The latest theory states that the results of ecological research can be applied to the management of uplands so that the sustainable systems of human use can be recognized. While another theory states that the statistically consistent data can actually be obtained from experiments that are held in upland situations, although the weather, natural variations of soils, and vegetation is in great condition.

The research has started to test the theories that involve multinational collaboration in the American and south East Asian scientists. The main focus and aim of the work are to provide informative and quantitative details to help the farmers and the policy and decision makers to plan out and work on improved practices that are based on the ecological values and principles.

7 Sustainable Development Findings till Date

The ecological phenomenon is quite tough to relate to the applied context of upland agroecosystems. The null-theory is essential for setting up experiments and various demonstrations.

In this kind of field experiment, the Signal-to-noise ratio is often low, and the detection of change is difficult because of human intervention in soil erosion, plant productivity, and nutrient movement.

Hurdles to field research in the developing countries consist of logistic, political, cultural, and institutional features. It is very important that the local land managers take it seriously from the initial days with the scientific research team in designing the experiments.

The planned teamwork between the government and academic scientists provide the design of similar research and the implementation of results.

The thought of ecologically based management has been well-recognized by the research teams and government officials in South East Asia. There are little misunderstandings that go on with the logic of the approach.

The pressures for faster responses to unsudden and urgent issues in the uplands sometimes conflict with the need for long-term, careful, statistically correct scientific research.

The ecological ideology is unclearly understood and articulated poorly in the scientific knowledge. The application and transfer of ecological science to the world could be upgraded and enhanced by some more advanced statements of ecological principles.