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  • 2007 — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    here The days were organized mostly in the same way In the morning there were two lectures of 1 hour each with an additional half hour of discussion After lunch he working groups usually met Five working groups were formed each addressing topics relevant to the surrounding area the catchment of the Var Their specific themes were water nature conservation agriculture and tourism An additional working group was formed by delegates from the other groups in order to compile a synthesis of their results aimed at policy makers At the start of the summer school there were poster sessions at which all the participants presented their own research mainly based on their PhD theses On the second day a walk to visit a local shepherd was arranged which helped to understand real local problems concerning agriculture There were not that many sheep up in the mountain this summer as it had been extremely dry and the grass proved not to be sufficient so they had been moved downward early Another recent problem is the presence of wolves which have moved back into the area Therefore special sheepdogs have been introduced from the Pyrenees called pastou The working groups met to work on their case studies in the afternoon and another talk finished the programme each day the aperitif talk Shorter than the lectures in the morning these presentations were generally more provocative and covered topics ranging from historic developments to the question why preserve biodiversity The evenings were a time for lively socialising though some participants continued to work on their case studies An excursion provided further examples of landscape changes due to changes in land use such as abandoned terraces formerly used for agriculture On the Plateau de Valensole the characteristic lavender fields are now diminishing because the farmers

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  • 2006 — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    noon daily teamwork of the participants followed by an aperitif talk in the late afternoon Time for discussion was available after each presentation which nurtured good contacts between the students and scientists and experts An excursion aimed to foster discussions between participants students and stakeholders while acquainting with local environmental problems The afternoon of the arrival day was dedicated to the welcome and first introduction by the conveners and a round tour of the village Peyresq guided by Jean Vancompernolle a representative of the foundation who was already active in the reconstruction of the village in the 50 s During the first two days all participants presented posters explaining their own research activities this helped to get faster acquainted with each other The talks on the first days were dedicated to the basics of environmental change and biodiversity in a physical as well as a social sense Then the data and scenario topics were covered followed by the economics of ecosystems The ecological modelling of ecosystem services was represented by covering the mountain ecosystems The issue of biodiversity was explained not only on terrestrial examples but one talk gave an overview of biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems ALTER Net itself as a Network of Excellence was presented by Karl Baadsvik the chair of the science board of the summer school The public perception of biodiversity was the last topic covered by the lectures Five working groups had been formed by the participants who worked on vulnerability assessments on regions in the Alps on four different themes water agriculture and forestry tourism nature conservation and one group studied the interaction and synthesised the outcome The groups were usually working during the early afternoon and applied the lessons learned from the talks for their chosen theme At the end of the summer school

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  • ALTER-Net summer schools — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    School provided me a great opportunity for generating and exchanging ideas Monika Suškevičs student in 2014 I have a clearer idea of what I might want to do after my PhD A past student A modern day School of Aristotle where lecturers learn as much as students if not more M Sharman a unique opportunity for young European researchers to come together to focus on interdisciplinary issues and to develop personal networks K Baadsvik What can I expect The programme typically includes talks in the morning and an aperitif talk in the late afternoon before dinner All talks provide ample time for discussions As the speakers usually stay for some days in Peyresq informal discussions often go on till late at night Tutors guide small working groups in the afternoons to work on real world examples connected to the theme of the school Working groups summarise their results into a synthesis report aimed at policymakers A field trip illustrates land use change in Provence There are plenty of opportunities to relax in the beautiful village of Peyresq and its surroundings Read more about Peyresq and the Summer School experience Speakers Speakers at our 2014 Summer School included Leon Braat Martin Sharman Francine Hughes Bill Adams Jean Vancompernolle Mark Rounsevell Kurt Jax Francis Turkelboom Wolfgang Cramer Timo Lehesvirta Carsten Neßhover Anja Nygren Erik Gomez Mark Sutton Michael Mirtl Ariella Helfgott Mary Colwell Hector Uta Fritsch Taru Peltola Steve Redpath Allan Watt Topics addressed in previous Summer Schools include Biodiversity and ecosystems in Europe Ecosystem processes function services and benefits Resilience of social and natural systems Relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services Valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services Linking biodiversity research with policy and the public Participatory methods Conflict resolution I went to the Summer School with many questions in my head

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  • Infrastructure — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    with a focus on long term ecosystem research and monitoring Contact for further information Michael Mirtl EEA E mail LTER Europe ALTER Net established and continues to support the LTER Europe network of long term ecosystem research sites and promotes research using this infrastructure Find out more by visiting the LTER Europe website Many of LTER Europe s partner organisations are also members of ALTER Net and the network is currently coordinated by staff at two ALTER Net partners UBA Austria and ERCE Poland Access information about LTER research sites data and people through the DEIMS portal LifeWatch ALTER Net is a founder organisation of LifeWatch a European plan to link ecological monitoring data collected from marine and terrestrial environments with the vast amount of data in physical collections The new infrastructure will open up new areas of research and new services by providing access to the large data sets from different genetic population species and ecosystem levels of biodiversity together with analytical and modelling tools Learn more from the LifeWatch website About ALTER Net ALTER Net flyer In this section About us What we do Communication Joint Training Activities Research Activities Science Policy Interface Infrastructure Partners Projects Links Contact

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  • Science-Policy Interface — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    us What we do Science Policy Interface Info Science Policy Interface A goal of ALTER Net is to foster effective dialogue between scientists and policymakers Image coming soon Contact for further information Carsten Neßhöver E mail ALTER Net aims to facilitate a two way interaction between researchers and policymakers focussing particularly on the European Commission and the International Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services IPBES ALTER Net is a knowledge hub in the developing Network of Knowledge see www biodiversityknowledge eu See also ALTER Net contributed to the IPBES 3 Plenary in Bonn January 2015 ALTER Net at BiodiversityKnowledge conference in Berlin September 2013 Recommendations from the ALTER Net conference 2013 concerning the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy ALTER Net policy brief on ecosystem services Information about our current projects Communication and outreach Training and summer school About ALTER Net ALTER Net flyer In this section About us What we do Communication Joint Training Activities Research Activities Science Policy Interface Infrastructure Partners Projects Links Contact us Organisation Management Board who s who Members ALTER Net is supported by its partner institutes Alterra NL BC CAS CZ CNRS FR CFS CONECOFOR IT CREAF ES CSIC ES DCE DK DSE UNIBUC RO EAA

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  • ALTER-Net presented at BiodiversityKnowledge conference — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    speaking at the second BiodiversityKnowledge conference held in Berlin in the framework of a European research project She presented ALTER Net as a key European biodiversity research network Her talk was one of a number of speed presentations on existing networks of relevance to biodiversity research in Europe With nearly ten years of experience ALTER Net has a lot to offer to the biodiversity knowledge landscape in Europe and to attempts to bring existing networks closer to each other in order for them to be more efficient and powerful This closer cooperation or integration was also the topic of a panel discussion with representatives of about 10 of the European networks For more information about the BiodiversityKnowledge conference see http biodiversityknowledge eu conferences second conference berlin september 2013 Photo Ben Delbaere ECNC Filed under science policy interface Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback in the UK Oct 10 2014 Invasive alien quagga mussel arrives

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  • Recommendations — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    using the conference s recommendations throughout the European policy development process We anticipate that these recommendations will further facilitate science policy interaction on the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy and motivate scientists to make implementation and realization of the EU s policy goals the subject of their research The recommendations will be presented at the EPBRS meeting in Dublin May 2013 The 6 recommendations in shortened form are EU target 1 Ecosystem health is the key to Natura 2000 the EU s network of protected areas together with genetic health of its species both are extremely important for human health EU target 2 Mapping ecosystems and valuing their services is seen as beneficial in most cases but there remains great concern about economic valuation and merchandising of biodiversity EU target 3 Knowing which problems need standard approaches and which need targeted approaches is vital to be able to apply effective regulation and innovative diversified solutions EU target 4 Science is the engine to generate adaptive management tools to optimise sustainable and ecosystem based fisheries rather than management based on a single species approach EU target 5 Policy should aim at the broad impact of Invasive Alien Species and their interaction with native biodiversity health and food production rather than on details the first challenge is to develop legal and economic instruments EU target 6 The price of food fibre and water should encompass both the production and maintenance cost of the ecosystem The EU s biodiversity objectives Conserving and restoring nature Maintaining and enhancing ecosystems and their services Ensuring the sustainability of agriculture forestry and fisheries Combating invasive alien species Addressing the global biodiversity crisis Contributions of other environmental policies and initiatives not dealt with during the conference Find the EU Biodiversity Strategy here In this section Outputs Conferences Nature Urban

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  • ALTER-Net Conference 2013: Science underpinning the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    the EPBRS meeting 15 17 May Dublin Find out more We welcome discussion of relevant issues in our LinkedIn group ALTERNetConf The primary focus of the conference was the objectives and targets of the EU s 2020 Biodiversity Strategy which should be realized by the end of this decade Being a science policy interface network ALTER Net wants to help the EU in realizing these targets by providing scientific knowledge e g by pointing out possible weaknesses opportunities and necessities and by helping to find solutions and evidence based actions The starting point for the conference was statements and accompanying questions for every target These were prepared jointly by ALTER Net and EU representatives In this way active participation of scientists and EU policymakers was ensured These statements can be found here The programme of the 4 day conference featured half day sessions on each EU target and included a mix of oral presentations and workshops The workshops aimed to result in workable suggestions to EU policymakers During the conference it was possible for individuals to present relevant work through poster presentations Several side events took place e g a Summer School Alumni event a full day workshop on Ecosystem services at the interface between supply and demand a workshop on ALTER Net multi site experiments and a meeting to exchange ideas for new ALTER Net initiatives Additionally other European initiatives on Biodiversity knowledge gathering were given the floor e g LTER Europe ENV Europe and BiodiversityKnowledge KNEU The EU s biodiversity objectives Conserving and restoring nature Maintaining and enhancing ecosystems and their services Ensuring the sustainability of agriculture forestry and fisheries Combating invasive alien species Addressing the global biodiversity crisis Contributions of other environmental policies and initiatives not dealt with during the conference Find the EU Biodiversity Strategy here

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