“Monitoring Change during Rewilding” at the INTECOL 2022 conference

I’m delight to announced that Dr Ed Rollason (VC Fellow at Northumbria University) and I are organising the talk session:

“Monitoring abiotic, biotic and socio-ecological change during rewilding: opportunities and barriers”

part of INTECOL2022 in Geneva, Switzerland, August 28 – September 2 2022.

The International Association for Ecology (INTECOL) supports collaboration amongst ecologists and ecological societies across the world. The INTECOL congresses are organised every four year and are some of the most important international ecology conferences.

The proposal now accepted justified the session of talks as follows:

“Rewilding, as a conservation practice, is increasingly put forward as a nature-based solution providing multiple benefits contributing to tackling the current climate and biodiversity crises. Yet, the full scale of these benefits remains to be quantified over time and in a variety of situations.

“In this session, we present a series of talks that provides the audience with an overview of relevant monitoring practices and aims, as well as selected case studies. Speakers will demonstrate how the field of ecology, multidisciplinary by nature, can facilitate data collection, evidence gathering and decision-making during rewilding.

“Effective monitoring during rewilding can collect critical evidence for multiple purposes. Firstly, it enables the measurement of progress and success for specific time frames and situations such as abandoned agricultural landscapes. Secondly, it can facilitate adaptative management when specific benefits such as carbon sequestration are targeted. Thirdly, it provides guidance for planning, undertaking or initiating new rewilding initiatives.

“This session will not only disseminate important knowledge about one key conservation practice lined up to fight climate change and biodiversity loss, but also, it will bring together a collective of ecologists with unique expertise and a shared interest for monitoring change during rewilding.

“In addition to expertise, diversity was an important consideration when bringing together this collective of speakers: from within and outside academia; and straddling all career stages (from PhD student to full Professor).”