Round tables

Towards Lecce 2021 – Round Tables

10:30-11:00 | Opening
11:00-12:00 | Ecosystem health and chemical mixture risk assessment and management

Ecosystems are continuously impacted by various combinations of chemicals. The assessment of the effects of such complex mixtures and the development of adequate policies are still a major challenge. An improved understanding of the joint action of the various types of stressors, in terms of synergistic and antagonistic interactions on biota is necessary. For this purpose, combining chemical mixture determinations on environmental matrices (soil, water, sediment) with ecological evaluations makes it possible to evaluate the effects of fluctuating stress intensities and responses at different biological levels (behavioural, genetic, individual and community level). Some recent scientific developments, critical reviews of the data, and resulting implications for environmental risk assessment and management will be presented.

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12:00-13:00 | Ecosystems and their services for human well-being

The prosperity of mankind depends on the sustainable exploitation of natural capital. The conservation of natural capital stocks guarantees the continuous generation of ecosystem service flows vital for human well-being. Many of these services are overexploited and degraded by human activities. In this context, the increase of the urban population requires the development of planning strategies aimed at strengthening urban and peri-urban forests to improve the provision of ecosystem services. The aim of this workshop is to promote a debate on the importance of these issues, also in relation to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) of the UN 2030 Agenda.

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15:00-17:00 | Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy People

14:00-16:00 GMT
A Round Table session organised by the European Ecological Federation

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16:00-17:00 | Landscape Ecology: sustainable landscape management

The session focuses on landscape ecology and its ecological principles (landscape perspective) as an essential approach to develop the sustainable management of environmental resources. The session aims to conceptualise and discuss the effects of the spatial heterogeneity of the landscape (landscape pattern) on the space experienced, perceived and managed by humans, with particular attention to the possible synergies and trade-offs between the services provided by the landscape mosaic (landscape) and at the most appropriate space-time investigation scales. The invited keynote speakers will present theoretical and practical contributions regarding the influence of spatial heterogeneity and spatio-temporal scales in the sustainable management of the landscape, and the importance of the diversity and functionality of the landscape mosaic in guaranteeing useful services for human well-being. Great emphasis will be given to the European Landscape Convention and its implementation.

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17:00-18:00 | Arctic and Alpine ecosystems in face of climate change
18:00-18:30 | Closing

Arctic regions and mountain areas are both experiencing significant amplification of climate change, with temperature rises which can be more than twice the global mean.
This exacerbated warming causes important effects on these environments, including glacier retreat and permafrost thaw, changes in the water cycle, modifications in ecosystems functions and biodiversity. Species loss and displacement, changes in phenology and community composition, and episodes of ecosystem mismatch are already happening and are foreseen to be potentially amplified in the future. In this round table, we gather experts on different aspects of Arctic and Alpine ecosystems, discussing what is known, what can be expected, and how to cope with such changes.

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