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A 2014 ALTER-Net Summer School student reflects on her time in Peyresq

Summer School student Maud Borie describes her memorable time at the Summer School
A 2014 ALTER-Net Summer School student reflects on her time in Peyresq

Summer School group [Photo: Allan Watt, CEH]

Maud, a PhD student at the University of East Anglia (UK),  has written a blog post, 'Reflections on the ALTER-Net Summer School'. In it, Maud explains some of the challenging topics that were discussed, such as the value of the ecosystem services concept. Maud writes "Overall, this topic triggered fascinating discussions but also raised important questions: if we have doubts regarding the extent to which the ecosystem services approach can help us tackle environmental problems, then what are the alternatives? What is the role of environmental sciences and knowledge? And social sciences?  What should be the role of academics in these processes?".

"...what these discussions highlight is the importance of doing things together..."
- Maud Borie

Maud also reflects on the discussions concerning participatory approaches. "For me what these discussions highlight is the importance of doing things together for change to be successful. Beyond the lectures, one of the things I appreciated the most during the summer school is just the fact of being there together." says Maud.

Maud concludes her blog post by reflecting on a "particularly inspiring moment" towards the end of the 10 day Summer School. As a way to communicate the ‘findings’ of their collaborative project (whose objective was to develop a sustainable management plan for a nearby area), students, tutors and organizers came together to produce a piece of land art, a symbolic tortoise.

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