We are very pleased to welcome you to attend to the 7th European Pond Conservation Network Workshop + LIFE CHARCOS Seminar and the 12th Annual SWS European Chapter Meeting.

These set of integrated international events will take place at University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal, next May 1 to 6, 2017.

The 7th EPCN Workshop + LIFE CHARCOS Seminar has the global theme “Ponds in a Changing World”, with the following highlights:

Theme for the 12th Annual SWS European Chapter Meeting is Sustainable wetland management - Exploring novel approaches for Water management Biodiversity conservation, Restoration, Pollution control and Climate change”, including:

  • Thematic sessions on:
    • Paludiculture as a sustainable use of wetlands
    • Ecological quality and conservation of wetlands
    • River conservation: facing agriculture intensification and climate
    • Wetlands and water quality 
  • Field trips *
  • SWS European Chapter meeting

Detailed information on the 12th Annual SWS European Chapter Meeting is available at this website.

* Field trips are considered for participants of any of the joint meetings; confirmed places to visit are:

  1. Vila_do_Bispo_and Sagres NOTE: this field trip is FULL
  2. Odelouca_dam  NOTE: this field trip is cancelled (minimum number of pax not reached)
  3. Vascão_stream 

Field trip 1 (limit: 100 pax) is dedicated to ponds and field trips 2+3 (limit: 50 pax each) to wetlands, although participants of any of the joint meetings can choose where to go.

** This workshop will be given by João T. Tavares, a biologist, illustrator and graphic designer, one of the co-founders of GOBIUS Communication and Science, the special sponsor for this meeting.

Aims of the integrated international events 

Enhance collaboration of wetland restoration, conservation and other land use science, as well as finding solutions for occuring problems. Furthermore we want to encourage discussions around new wetland conservation, restoration and management research.


Who may attend?

We want to encourage people of all branches of wetland science and practice, and especially those with a focus on European wetland issues, to participate, including: Scientists, Graduate Students, Local Government Officials & Decision-Makers, Consultants, Educators, Environmental Consultants, Managers and Foresters.



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