IHCantabria announces the workshop "Restoring Landscapes to Improve  Freshwater Ecosystems:  Digital Tools for Designing Green Infrastructure Networks (GINs)"
Monday, 17 July 2017 11:33

IHCantabria announces the workshop "Restoring Landscapes to Improve Freshwater Ecosystems: Digital Tools for Designing Green Infrastructure Networks (GINs)"


IHCantabria is pleased to announce the celebration of the Workshop "Restoring Landscapes to Improve Freshwater Ecosystems: Digital Tools for Designing Green Infrastructure Networks (GINs)" in our facilities.

The main objective of this seminar is to provide a solid scientific basis for designing and implementing Green Infrastructure Networks (GINs) in the landscape that maximizes biodiversity and ecosystem services. The seminar will focus on the importance of properly conceptualizing these elements and, above all, the potentialities of a series of digital tools that will better understand how different elements of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems interconnect, showing their practical application To professionals in the field of environmental management and research (scientists, managers, resource suppliers, etc.).

According to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (EM), Europe presents the most disturbed and fragmented landscapes in the world due to its long history of urbanization, agriculture and livestock, actions on rivers and their high density of rail transport networks and highway. The impact and degradation of European aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems has resulted in a significant reduction in ecosystem services, as well as a loss of biodiversity and increased vulnerability to the effects of climate change.

To reduce these impacts, restoration actions should be strategically oriented towards the recovery of key processes and attributes of ecosystems. The design of green infrastructures must seek the correct interaction between elements of the landscape that guarantees the proper functioning, structure and adequate composition of aquatic, riparian and terrestrial ecosystems; At the same time as they are able to provide and guarantee in the medium-long term a benefit to the local communities. The EU Green Initiative (EU 2013) has been designed to address this challenge by establishing a framework in which effective territorial management based on the conservation and restoration of adedicated to biodiversity improvement and the ecosystemic services the provides (Water quality and availability, flood control and mitigation, sediment reduction, carbon sequestration, provision of aquatic resources, etc.). However, the design of green infrastructure (IV) networks is still in the early stages of its conceptualization and development, presenting important gaps of knowledge and techniques that must be solved to achieve an optimal implementation of them.

The EU's "Green Infrastructure" (2013) initiative will in the near future be one of the strongest bets by the EU on conservation and land management policies. It is therefore necessary to provide researchers, managers and professionals in other fields related to the theoretical and technical knowledge and the necessary digital tools to analyze the current state of the landscape and the location of key areas of intervention.

The Continental Ecosystems Group of the Institute of Environmental Hydraulics of the University of Cantabria understands that the assessment and evaluation of the state of conservation of the biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services are crucial elements that must be incorporated in Integrated Watershed Management. Currently one of the priority lines of the research group is to design digital tools and procedures that allow incorporating these analyzes in Integrated Watershed Management. Its advances in the conceptualization of GINs and the development of methodologies for the mapping of vegetation and landscape structure (one of the key aspects for the insertion of this type of networks) and the capacity of process modeling and Physical dynamics in the basin conferred by its collaboration with other external research groups (TerrainWorks) and IHCantabria itself, provides a potent base and potential in this field.



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