As part of the activities planned for the After Life phase of the Life project, on 5-9 September 2022, Life SEPOSSO participated in the SERE Conference, in Alicante (Spain).
The meeting was organised by the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) which promotes the science, practice, and policy of ecological restoration to protect biodiversity, improve adaptation to climate change, mitigate its effects, and restore a healthy relationship between nature and society.
These are crucial times for ecological restoration in Europe and globally. Ecological restoration is essential to combat climate change, protect biodiversity and reverse desertification, and thus contribute
to human wellbeing. Under the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) and the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, we can reverse the global environmental crisis, and give Anthropocene a chance. Yet, to obtain all the benefits that ecological restoration can provide and ensure a fair distribution of wealth, we must promote its practice and strive to increase the quality of restoration programs. Bridges between science, practice and policy must be built, based on scientific excellence, to better understand socio-ecological systems and their management.
SERE2022 represents an excellent opportunity to foster efficient reciprocal exchanges between managers, decision and policymakers and the academia across Europe. It is also the place where experts from different restoration sectors (forests, wetlands, rivers, agroecosystems, marine areas, urban environments, extractive industries, etc.) have the unusual chance to sit together and learn from each other.
Barbara La Porta and Tiziano Bacci ISPRA LIFE SEPOSSO Project Managers presented two communications on the topic of Posidonia oceanica restoration and related ecosystem services:
- “Posidonia oceanica transplantation: insights and lessons from Italy” by Tiziano Bacci
- “The LIFE SEPOSSO proposal for the planning, implementation, and monitoring of Posidonia oceanica transplantations” by Barbara La Porta
Here the conference agenda