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Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe

Symposium: Biodiversity of surface waters, floodplains and groundwater

In the light of the 9th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 9) in Bonn a symposium on biodiversity of surfaces waters, floodplains and groundwater will be held. At the symposium, the importance of these habitats for the conservation of biological diversity, its assessment and protection will be discussed.
When 29 Oct, 2008 12:00 PM to
30 Oct, 2008 01:30 PM
Where BMU - Bonn, Germany
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Contact Phone +49 (0)241 900011-62
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Near-natural rivers and floodplains are considered to be one of the most valuable and endangered ecosystems in Europe. They represent hotspots of biodiversity and central axes of an ecological network. The key prerequisite for the functional integrity is the interaction between the surface water, floodplains and groundwater compartments. These are exposed to high levels of anthropogenic pressures and impacts. Efforts are being made at national and international levels to safeguard ecological status
and functions.

National and international experts in environmental policy and management as well as scientists and stakeholders (e.g. members of NGOs) are invited to discuss recent scientific findings. Recommendations ill be worked out, how the media-oriented approaches could be further developed, to learn from each ther and to show common implementation strategies.
An important part will be the discussion of the parallel implementation of the EC Water Framework irective (WFD), the Habitats Directive (FFH) and the Birds Directive (IBA/SPA) and its synergies.

Registration closes on the 17th October 2008.

Please follow this link for further information including the activities of the two day event, registration form and flyer.

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