“World Congress for Wetland and lake restoration – Living lakes: Business and NGO partnership for climate change mitigation and adaptation”
Time: 7 to 9th of May 2019
Location: Valencia, Spain
Lakes and wetlands are particularly vulnerable against impacts of climate change. Only healthy lake ecosystems will be able to maintain their ecosystem services which are essential for human beings as well as for their extraordinary biodiversity.
EKLIPSE is supporting the 15th Living Lakes Conference: “Living Lakes Partnership of Businesses and NGOs for Climate Change mitigation and adaptation. World Congress on Wetland and Lake Restoration” in 2019. The conference will offer intense exchange on the impacts of climate change on fresh water ecosystems, their ecosystem services and their biodiversity. Experienced NGOs, scientific institutions and local authorities from Europe and international level will contribute to appropriate and efficient mitigation and adaptation strategies that will help protect the ecological functions of lake and wetland ecosystems and preserve their natural legacy for future generations.
The focus of the conference will be on climate change mitigation and adaptation in lake and wetland regions. Conference delegates from governments, corporates and NGOs will discuss and evaluate what – from municipal to federal level – can be done to contribute to climate protection and increase the resilience of lakes and wetlands as ecosystems, as well as the resilience of local communities living around lakes against negative impacts of climate change. The conference will also look at the role of business and their responsibility in contributing to strategies for the protection of water ecosystems and their crucial services.
The three-day conference will focus on:
The focus of Day I will be the partnership of businesses and NGOs for lake and wetland restoration and management, with parallel sessions on “Organization, businesses and climate”, “Watershed management, water footprint and other tools” and “Payment for ecosystem services, project support, sponsoring: compensation or contribution or both?” presented by experts on the subjects.
On the Day II, a field trip is organized to showcase the ecological & cultural values and ecosystem services and conservation initiatives of lakes and wetlands in the Nature Park Albufera de Valencia.
Day III will focus on how to increase resilience of water ecosystems and their ecosystem services against impacts of climate change, highlighting the restoration best practices and defining the role of businesses, society and NGOs in developing environmentally and socially responsible strategies to mitigate climate change and increase resilience against negative impacts of climate change and loss of biodiversity. Emphasis will be put on an interactive exchange and to build a connection at the science-policy-society interface.
This conference targets all stakeholders acting in the lakes basin and implicated in lake and wetland management, including: companies in economic sectors benefitting directly from lakes ecosystem services, farmers, fishermen, administrations and political decision makers on local and regional level, scientific institutions, NGOs and other representatives of local communities all through Europe.