It is said that “innovation ecosystems” allow for the full exploitation of the positive sum relationships (symbiosis) between actors who work together around a core sector. In Edinburgh we have such an ecosystem centred around “forest ecosystems” and it is one of the reasons why I love working in Edinburgh.
I reckon Edinburgh hosts the highest concentration of activity in forest ecosystem sector anywhere in the World (happy to be corrected), with 2 universities, 4 government centres, 4 NGOs and 5 private companies involved with managing, mapping, financing, conserving and understanding forest ecosystems (listed below). All within a radius of <10miles. It is what I like to call, Edinburgh’s Ecosystem Ecosystem. The panorama image makes the point better than my words can.
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The panorama photo is by Charlie McRae http://charliemcrae.com/ with permission.
- The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
- NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
- Forest Research
- The Forestry Commission (Scotland) HQ
- International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED, Edinburgh)
- Plan Vivo
- Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Directorate
- LTS International
- Global Surface Intelligence
- Confederation of Forest Industries (CONFOR)