Environmental workshop 2013. “Oak forests coping with global change: ecology and management”

Hola a todos.

La Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (España) organiza un workshop que puede ser de interés para muchos miembros de la Red REMEDIA que trabajan en sistemas agroforestales. Se celebrará entre el 30 de septiembre y 2 de octubre de 2013. La presentación de trabajos está abierta hasta el 19 de julio de 2013.

Un cordial saludo

Scope
The genus Quercus has about 500 species distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Oak forests and woodlands are very abundant in the Mediterranean region and are vital providing a variety of ecosystem services. They provide with raw materials like cork, wood and fuel, and fodder for wild and domestic animals. The silvopastoral system known as “dehesa” provides habitats for wild
animals and contributes to a higher biodiversity at the landscape scale. Oak trees provide a climate regulating service by their capacity to sequester carbon and therefore to mitigate the effects of climatic change. There is an increasing demand for cultural services provided by oak woodlands, mainly for recreation, ecotourism, and to enjoy their aesthetic and spiritual values. However, Global Change is affecting negatively oak forests and therefore diminishing their ecosystem services and in consequence human well-being. Main drivers are: land use change, introduction of exotic pathogens, air and soil pollution deteriorating oak health, and climatic change, in particular the reduction of rainfall. The aims of the workshop are to analyse the vulnerability and resilience of Quercus species coping with Global Change; to review the main ecological processes related with the regeneration of oaks and how they influence the recruitment and persistence of oak forests; to discuss the different management options for coping with the decline of oak forests and to assure their sustainability, showing case studies from Spain, Portugal and México.

Format of the Workshop
The workshop will bring together 15 speakers and a maximum of 50 participants (including speakers). The scientific programme will start in the morning on Monday, September 30th, and will end on Wednesday, October 2nd. Ample time for informal discussion will be
reserved. Participants will be invited to present a poster.

Venue of the Workshop
The workshop will be held in Baeza, at the “Sede Antonio Machado”, a XVII century building turned into a Conference Centre of the International University of Andalusia (UNIA). This site includes a recently restored residence, where speakers and participants will
be accommodated. Baeza is a World Historic Heritage town, renowned for its Reinassance and Gothic buildings.

Organized by:

  • Teodoro Marañón. Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology (IRNAS-CSIC). Sevilla. Spain.
  • Rafael Villar. Department of Botany, Ecology and Plant Physiology. University of Córdoba. Spain.
  • Ignacio M. Pérez Ramos. Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology (IRNAS-CSIC). Sevilla. Spain.

Speakers

  • Vanda Acácio. Centre of Applied Ecology
  • “Prof. Baeta Neves”. Higher Institute of Agronomy (ISA). Technical University of Lisbon. Portugal.
  • Ismael Aranda. Forest Research Center (CIFOR-INIA). Madrid. Spain.
  • Jesús Julio Camarero. Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (IPE-CSIC). Zaragoza. University of Barcelona. Spain.
  • Jofre Carnicer. Community and Conservation Ecology Group, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies (CEES), University of Groningen. The Netherlands.
  • José Carrión. Faculty of Biology. University of Murcia. Spain.
  • Pilar Fernández Rebollo. School of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering. University of Córdoba. Spain.
  • Mario González Espinosa. Department of Biodiversity Conservation. The College of the Southern Borderlands (ECOSUR). San Cristóbal de las Casas. Chiapas. México.
  • Antonio González Rodríguez. Centre of Research in Ecosystems (CIECO). UNAM Campus at Morelia. México.
  • Arndt Hampe. French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA, UMR1202 BIOGECO), Cestas, France.
  • Teodoro Marañón. Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology (IRNAS-CSIC). Sevilla. Spain.
  • Ignacio M. Pérez Ramos. Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology (IRNAS-CSIC). Sevilla. Spain.
  • Fernando Pulido. Forest Research Group (GIF). School of Forestry and Natural Resources. University of Extremadura. Plasencia. Spain.
  • María Valbuena. Forest Genetics and Ecophysiology Research Group. E.T.S. Forestry Engineering. Technical University of Madrid (UPM). Madrid. Spain.
  • Rafael Villar. Department of Botany, Ecology and Plant Physiology. University of Córdoba. Spain.
  • Miguel A. Zavala. Forest Ecology and Restoration Group. Department of Life Sciences. University of Alcalá. Spain.

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