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Contributions welcomed to online discussion on the future of the UK countryside post-Brexit

The University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute have set up a blog to provide space for a conversation about the future of the British countryside.

The discussion focuses on how the new relationship with Europe will change the ways in which rural life, work, production, protection and recreational activities are organised in the UK – whose interests will be served, how will alternative perspectives be negotiated and reconciled, and how can different groups come together for constructive dialogue?

To stimulate the discussion, they have invited a number of key thinkers to contribute to the online debate. If you are keen to offer you own thoughts, you are welcomed to visit this page.

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Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.

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