It gives me enormous pleasure to announce that the first copies of our new book, ‘Ecosystems’ are arriving this week. Beautifully designed and printed by the lead partners of Phaidon, Thames and Hudson, Assouline, Aperture and National Geographic, our book has become a very nice design object. All sleepless nights devoted to sequencing and editing, positioning the title on the dust jacket and the selecting the exact type of cloth and the shade of purple for the cover are over. The book is ready.
It will be officially launched at the Oxford Summer School in Ecological Economics 2018 organized by our NGO, Environment Europe and held at St Hilda’s College between 19 and 25 August 2018. During our executive Schools we have brought together participants from 54 countries representing leading environmental organizations: UNEP, UNDP, ILO, IUCN, WWF, European Commission, GGGI, leading universities: UCL, Oxford, Edinburgh, Pymouth, Bath, Bournemouth, Cumbria, Arhus, Lund, Uppsala, Zurich, Bergen, Trento, Campinas, Graz, Vienna University of Economics Utrecht, Trinity College Dublin, Technical University of Munich, Aveiro, Nantes, Copenhagen Business School, Riga Technical University, Campinas, Fortaleza, Brazilia, McGill, Waterloo, George Washington University, New South Wales, National University of Colombia, University of Simon Bolivar, Ecuador; Indian Institute of Technology New Delhi and many other organization: http://environmenteurope.org/clients . Our students will be the first to receive the copies of ‘Ecosystems’ – one will go to Sweden to Uppsala University.
The book is devoted to the pressing topic of conservation and ecosystems change. Our ecosystems are under threat from irresponsible over-consumption and experience pressures from agriculture on land and fisheries at sea. Urban areas are often in desperate need to restore ecosystems that provide vital services of capturing air pollution, regenerating the air, hosting the beautiful plants that make us feel better in an urban environment. At the same time, ecosystems in all their complexity are not very well understood by the general public. This book is structured in the following way: each chapter is devoted to a specific type of ecosystems services, be it water provision, pollination or spiritual and religious values. One of the principle aims of the book is to make sure the public understands that money is not an appropriate measuring rod for evaluating ecosystems due to complexity, non-linear feedback loops and incommensurability of values, inherent in different types of ecosystem services. I had a pleasure of advising IUCN on these matters.
And now the absolutely fantastic news: The Mathematical Institute of Oxford University kindly accepted our proposal to organize an ‘ECOSYSTEMS’ exhibition featuring over 25 works sized 81×54 cm between 10 and 30 November 2018 at the Mathematical Institute of Oxford University. This will be an opportunity to meet old friends and acquire the first copies of ‘Ecosystems’ and have them signed by the photographer. This will also be a rare opportunity to talk to the artist and ecological economist and discuss alternative approaches to ecosystems assessment. I am also open to supervising MSc and PhD dissertations, which I have been doing a lot at Oxford and Edinburgh universities and now supervise an MSc student at the University of Vienna and PhD students at Kazakh National University. The Mathematical Institute is located at Andrew Wiles Building, University of Oxford, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6GG, UK.
(c) Dr Stanislav Shmelev