5th International EcoSummit Congress – Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change, from 29 August – 1 September 2016, at the Corum Convention Centre, Montpellier, France

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Two representatives from SWG will participate at the 5th International EcoSummit Congress, EcoSummit 2016 – Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change, which will take place at the Corum Convention Centre in Montpellier, France from 29 August – 1 September 2016. This conference series was founded in 1996 in Copenhagen, as a forum to meet the demands of scientists working in several new ecological disciplines, and who required a better understanding of the concepts and methods for a holistic use of ecology in environmental management. Since 1996, EcoSummit has been taken around the world (Canada and China).

EcoSummit 2016 will centre on the ecology of terrestrial ecosystems and all habitats that are integrated within those ecosystems, including river networks, wetlands and coastlines. Focus will be placed on fragile ecosystems that are more likely to suffer the consequences of climate change and anthropogenic pressure. However, in the current context of an increasing world population, changes in social habit (increasing world consumerism) and climate change, it is evident that agriculture is being intensified but with a growing awareness of the need to preserve and use sustainably world resources. Therefore, the summit will also address how terrestrial restoration can be carried out when the massive demand for food results in fragile ecosystems, forests and marginal lands being turned over to agriculture.

It is expected 1500 delegates from 75 countries to hear 11 plenary presentations from some of the world’s premier ecologists and environmental scientists. The summit will focus on finding solutions for today’s massive environmental problems. Sessions relate to ecological engineering, ecological restoration, green infrastructure, adaptation to climate change, earth stewardship, ecohydrology, eco-informatics, ecological modeling, sustainable agriculture, protection of biodiversity, carbon sequestration, human ecology and enhancement of ecosystem services.

More information about the event can be found at the following link:

http://www.ecosummit2016.org/