On October 14 and 15, 2019, Dr Seth Laurenson and Dr Remy Lasseur met with Pascal Bonnet, Véronique Bellon-Maurel, Marc Jaeger, Cédric Gaucherel, Pierre Maurel, Pascal Degenne and Nicolas Paget from #DigitAg (Irstea and Cirad members). They also gave a presentation to an audience of about thirty scientists from the institute.
In New Zealand there is a growing interest in landscapes that have greater diversity in their landuses than current and in doing provide outcomes that are environmentally, financially and socially desirable. We met with researchers from Digitag who are working methodologies that are able to integrate a number of differing worldviews into decision-making as well as visualise outcomes. Certainly the approaches developed by researchers involved in DigitAg were interesting to us. We hope the conversations that were instigated during our visit will continue as we identify valuable ways to collaborate together on programmes of work. It was clear to us that tools and methodologies are useful for disseminating the complex information that is important when transformation change in the landscape is sort after. Importantly, the conversations that are facilitated by the use of tools and models is extremely valuable. We are now in the process of applying our learnings from our visit into our current work on Hyperfarm, a tool designed to assist land owners to consider landscape changes.
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