Proposed events

List of proposed events that are open for voluntary presentations.


Ecological integration and restoration of solar parks

Convenor: Armin Bischoff. Mediterranean Institute of Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE), Avignon University, France

The search for renewable energy sources that can replace fossil energy has resulted in a massive construction of solar parks in Europe. Although contributing to reduction in environmental pollution and CO2 emissions solar parks need large areas and have thus a strong impact on ecosystems, in particular if constructed in semi-natural habitats. The construction usually destroys the vegetation and degrades the soil. However, the subsequent management for solar energy production potentially allows the restoration of semi-natural habitats during the construction period. For example, Mediterranean solar parks are often managed by extensive sheep grazing corresponding to the traditional management of dry grasslands. Our symposium evaluates the ecological impact of solar park construction, shows possibilities to restore semi-natural habitats and discusses management recommendations. A particular focus will be on the effect of solar panels on restoration and ecosystem functions. Solar panels reduce light availability and changes microclimate which may compromise restoration approaches. Solutions to cope with potential negative effects of solar panels are discussed. Finally, the symposium will also discuss possibilities to reduce the ecological impact of solar park construction to facilitate restoration. The invited speakers present the quite young field of research on the topic and provide insights on current challenges for impact studies, mitigation and compensation measures involved in the planning of solar park construction.


Addressing the climate emergency through citizen-driven forest restoration projects

Convenors: Moore, Chrystal (Junior representative: Universitat de Barcelona); Sabate, Santiago (Senior representative: Universitat de Barcelona

Addressing the global climate emergency with restoration projects presents both opportunities and challenges. Join us as we share these experiences and obstacles associated with restoring land and mitigating anthropogenic climate change through tree-planting initiatives.

List of proposed events that are not open for voluntary presentations.


Large-scale rewilding across Europe - overcoming challenges to seize a historic opportunity

Convenor: Toby Aykroyd. Director, Wild Europe Foundation

The essential role of large linked natural ecosystem areas (AKA wilderness and wildlands) in addressing the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity decline is an important feature of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy, Forest Strategy, New Green Deal, and the UN’s Decade of Restoration.

With 10% of the EU’s terrestrial and marine area prospectively earmarked for strict protection (and a further 20% for restoration), there is strong support for ensuring non-intervention is a key element here. Clear principles are also needed for implementation of a strategy for large-scale ecological restoration or ‘rewilding’ of these areas, ensuring this is underpinned by principles of sound science and linked to the forthcoming Restoration Law.


Developing Guidance for Effective Ecosystem Restoration

Convenor: Andrea Romero Montoya. FAO

To support the implementation of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (hereafter the “UN Decade”) and help achieve its goals, there is a need for a shared vision of ecosystem restoration. A key step in creating this shared vision is adoption of principles that underpin the full set of ecosystem restoration activities. In 2021, the FAO-led Task Force on Best Practices, the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), and IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management (IUCN CEM) partnered to develop ten principles to guide the UN Decade. These principles detail the essential tenets of ecosystem restoration that should be followed to maximize net gain for native biodiversity, ecosystem health and integrity, and human health and well-being, across all biomes, sectors, and regions. Following publication of the principles, development of standards of practice was initiated to provide guidance on the application of the principles to the planning, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of ecosystem restoration projects. Engagement of SERE members in the development of the Standards of Practice is an important step in the process. During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to review and provide inputs into the draft Standards of Practice. This feedback will be used to improve the final version.

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