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Lagoons and coastal wetlands in the global change context. Impact and managment issues
Monday 26 April 2004, by Web Team
The conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum to share and exchange knowledge and experiences on recent developments in wetland science and global change. The aim is to identify gaps, problems and successes in the integration of global change issues into lagoon and coastal wetland management.
This conference will:
foster multidisciplinary studies and integrated approaches to coastal wetland conservation;
The conference covers the following themes:
1. Function and value of lagoon and coastal wetlands. Functions refers to physical, chemical and biological interactions within wetland systems. This session will focus on the main ecological functions associated to lagoons and coastal wetlands and their significance to society. The pivotal role of wetlands in coastal processes, river basin management and sea-climate interactions will be highlighted.
2. Driving forces, climate change impacts and feedbacks: Wetlands already face critical problems due to increasing natural and humaninduced stresses. Climate change is likely to severely affect coastal wetlands through variations in mean sea level, precipitation patterns, hydrodynamics, river flows, sediment inputs, water salinity, water temperature, and the frequency and magnitude of extreme events. Papers are invited which contribute to an improved understanding of lagoon and wetland processes and dynamics, and of how climate, policy and socio-economic pressures drive changes in coastal wetlands ecosystems. Wetland feedbacks on climate will also be considered.
3. Indicators and indexes, risk assessment, monitoring strategies and techniques: This theme will focus on the definition of relevant indicators and indexes to detect and monitor changes in lagoon and coastal wetland systems. This includes consideration of scale from local to global. Better indicators and indices are needed to better understand wetland current status, degradation and future trends and to support appropriate management decisions to prevent accelerating wetland loss.
4. Adaptation, mitigation strategies and sustainable use: Probably the main challenge for contemporary wetland management is the definition of adequate adaptation measures and mitigation strategies to global change and their integration in a broad scheme of wetlands rational use and planning. This theme will explore the key processes controlling wetland responses and wetland elevation and some effective adaptation strategies to cope with climate change. Restoration techniques, conservation policies and socio-economic issues such as adaptive capacities within societies and institutions should also be considered.
For more information contact : CORILA Consortium for Coordination of Research Activities Concerning the Venice Lagoon System Palazzo Franchetti, S. Marco 2847 30124 Venice - Italy Tel + 39.041.2402511 Fax + 39.041.2402512 www.corila.it/coastwetchange email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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