The 7th European Pond Conservation Network Workshop, the LIFE Charcos Seminar and the 12th Annual SWS European Chapter Meeting are being jointly organised by the LIFE Charcos (LIFE12 NAT/PT/000997) project, the EPCN (European Pond Conservation Network) and the SWS-EC (Society of Wetland Scientists, European Chapter). The set of integrated international events will take place at University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal in 1-6 May 2017.
The LIFE Charcos Seminar and the 7th EPCN Workshop are themed around ponds in a changing world. The events will boost the exchange of knowledge and experience among the various specialists in the area of wetland conservation in general and of temporary ponds in particular.
Special emphasis will be given to four subjects:
- ecosystem functioning and services;
- organisms, from populations to communities;
- challenges in pond conservation and management; and
- LIFE projects (and others) dedicated to the conservation of wetlands.
A field trip to Vila do Bispo and Sagres will be organised on 4 May 2017 to visit some Mediterranean Temporary Ponds (CTMs), which are targets of the LIFE Charcos Project (LIFE12 NAT/PT/000997).
Numerous CTMs can be found on the coastal plain of southwest Portugal. They are seasonal wetland habitats which are listed as a priority habitat for conservation in Annex I of the EU Habitats Directive due to their uniqueness and scientific value. Yet over the last two decades modern industrialised agriculture and tourism have caused a steep decline in the condition of this habitat. The aim of the LIFE Charcos project is therefore to enhance the conservation status of those temporary ponds.
All LIFE wetland conservation projects are invited to participate in the LIFE Charcos Seminar. This event will potentiate the exchange of experiences between LIFE projects and others that are in the field implementing actions of habitat management for the conservation of these wetlands, also looking for the transfer of knowledge to technicians, scientists and to the general public.
The Society of Wetland Scientists, European Chapter (SWS-EC) will hold its 12th Annual Meeting on 5-6 May 2017. The meeting will focus on novel approaches to water management, biodiversity conservation, restoration, pollution control and climate change.
LIFE MIPP (LIFE11 NAT/IT/000252), a project that monitors saproxylic beetle populations (Osmoderma eremit, Lucanus cervus, Cerambyx cerdo, Rosalia alpina and Morimus funereus) by enlisting volunteers to gather data on the population size and conservation status of insects, will hold its closing conference in the northern Italian city of Mantua (Mantova).
MIPP stands for monitoring of insects with public participation, and this final meeting, to be held on 24-26 May 2017, will focus on the monitoring of saproxylic beetles and other insects protected in the European Union.
The project’s aim is to follow the example of several European countries that have developed guidelines for the monitoring of insect species listed in annexes II and IV of the Habitats Directive.
LIFE MIPP has developed a protocol for monitoring the prevalence and habitats of five species of saproxylic beetles – those that depend on dead or dying wood.
The project has adopted a ‘citizen science’ approach to expanding the data available about the five target species, by encouraging walkers, naturalists and others living near the four Natura 2000 network sites included in the project to report what they find. A smartphone app has been developed to enable volunteers to submit information.
The project is also making innovative use of canine olfaction by deploying a trained dog to seek out the pheromones emitted by one of the target species, Osmoderma eremita, to develop a comprehensive map of the species’ distribution in the project area.
Participants wishing to register for the final workshop can do so here.