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Mid-conference excursions

The calcareous grassland excursion is fully booked. Attention, scenic view and flower photo hunters! Did you know that our pre-alpine litter meadows have peak flowering in late summer and harbour dozens of red-list species? They are a prominent example of grassland conservation and restoration in southern Germany. Join the agrobiodiversity excursion and see for yourself! We also recommend: A walk in the woods with the inspiring Thomas Knoke (Lowland forest conversion), a boat ride with our enthusiastic aquatic systems biology group (Ecology and conservation of pre-alpine lakes), and admiring Munich’s diversity of native and novel ecosystems (Urban Green infrastructure). If you still wish to join or to alter your reservation contact .

Dear friends and colleagues:
We are pleased to announce the 10th European Conference on Ecological Restoration, to be held by the Department Ecology and Ecosystem Management, School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan - Technische Universität München, on 22-26 August 2016.

Past mismanagement and habitat degradation require counter measures, including habitat restoration and development of novel management approaches, not only in Europe but in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia. It is the concern of ecological restoration to make ecosystem repair and reconstruction technically feasible, successful in enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem function, and sustainable for society and economy in future generations.

We will provide for you, dear guests, a friendly and exciting atmosphere to stimulate dialogue between restoration scientists, practitioners and policy makers, and to collaborate on the challenge of Best Practice in Restoration.

Host: Dept Ecology and Ecosystem Management, School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, Technische Universität München
Coordinators: Johannes Kollmann & Julia-Maria Hermann
Local organizing committee: Matthias Drösler, Anton Fischer, Jürgen Geist, Thomas Knoke, Reinhard Mosandl, Jörg Pfadenhauer, Anja Rammig, Johannes Sauer, Michael Suda, Michael Weber
SERE advisory board: Ása Aradottir, Elise Buisson, Jordi Cortina, Kris Decleer, Francis Isselin, Kathrin Kiehl, Agata Klimkowska, Karel Prach, Eszter Ruprecht, Vicky Temperton, Sabine Tischew, Katalin Török, Anne Tolvanen

Conference main topics


Landscape - Land use - Biogeochemical fluxes - Soil Formation
Restoration goals: Keep in or return land to such state that it provides habitat for living organisms and people in following generations, fertile soil is not reduced and can develop, provides clean water, has net uptake of climate relevant gases.
Challenges: Changing land use, eutrophication, drainage and low groundwater, urban expansion, erosion, pesticides


Ecosystems - Interactions - Species - Genotypes
Restoration goals: Keep plant, animal and microbial populations and communities in such conditions that they can grow, reproduce and interact.
Challenges: Habitat destruction, fragmentation and isolation, over-exploitation, introduction of non-native species and genotypes, rate of environmental change vs. rate of evolutionary change


Socioeconomy - Planning - Law & Politics - Public Relations
Restoration goals: Unite persons that can plan, permit, perform and pay for restoration projects for the timespan that is necessary to successfully restore habitats. Social restoration.
Challenge: Diverging interests and different language, e.g. interest in monetary vs. non-monetary returns, academic vs. colloquial language, legislative terms vs. restoration timespans


Methods - Tools - Monitoring
Conference goals: Reports on actual case studies of ecosystem or population restoration; certain overlap with previous topics, which will also attract case studies and not only theory and basic science. Encourage reporting pitfalls as well as success stories.

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