logo-sized-trans-iiMonday 10 July – Friday 14 July, 2017
Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

This conference, hosted by the University of Dundee and the South Georgia Heritage Trust, will be a long-overdue gathering of the island invasives clan. It will build on the great success of the Auckland meetings, allow greater participation of people from Europe and North America, and bring together experts and those thirsty for knowledge in diverse fields covering the invaders and invaded. Since the last meeting in 2010, much has been learned about the damage caused by, and how to control or eradicate, an increasingly diverse range of invasive species. This will be an opportunity to share that knowledge, and to be inspired by what has been achieved by passionate and dedicated conservationists around the world.

Yvonne Battiau-Queney awarded chevalier of the Legion of Honour as EUCC France president

It is a pleasure for EUCC community to announce that EUCC French branch president has been recognized chevalier of the Legion of Honour (Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur), the highest French order for military and civil merits, as “president of a national environmental protection association”.


Yvonne joint EUCC France since its foundation in 1994 by the eminent geographer Roland Paskoff. She became president in 2009. Since then she has been very active not only in France but also in the European context, hand-to-hand with the EUCC international secretariat and other national branches and offices. In this sense, she is at the forefront of the organization committee of the EUCC bi-annual conference Littoral in Biarritz later this year. Also in the Basque region, another milestone has been possible thanks to her dedication: the foundation of EUCC Atlantic Centre. Under her presidency, EUCC-France has celebrated its 20 years of existence in the Coastal Dunes Conference in Merlimont, together with the 25th anniversary of the mother organization Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC). She strongly believes in the cornerstone activity of EUCC-France, the field workshops, where scientists, managers and policy makers have the opportunity to see and discuss together specific coastal issues, thus fostering integrated coastal zone management. For the first time ever, one of these workshops was held in the overseas French territory Martinique, in March 2015.

Next field workshop in Dunkerque, May 19-20, will be occasion to celebrate this good new!

Graduated in Geography (1965), Doctor of Arts (1978) and Fulbright Fellow (1986), Yvonne Battiau-Queney was professor of geomorphology at the University of Lille. Coastal geomorphology specialist, she has authored over 100 scientific publications. Currently attached to the CNRS – UMR 8187 LOG from the University of Lille, she is a member of a working group of the national strategy for coastline management (Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy) and of several scientific boards of national nature reserves.



19-23 September 2016

Antwerp University, Belgium


We have the pleasure to invite you to submit an abstract for a presentation, a poster or a stand at the European Ecosystem Services Conference 2016.

This conference will be the biggest European event in 2016 that links science, policy and practice on ecosystem services and natural capital. With our strong focus on practice and implementation we will showcase excellent knowledge and research, share working examples from business, land management, policy and local practice.

The conference will include nearly 70 sessions. Interactive practice-oriented sessions will be held during a Networking day on Tuesday 20 September, whereas scientific sessions are planned for the Science showcase day on Thursday 22 September. All sessions will be supported by poster slots throughout the week. The Tuesday will also offer a marketplace where you can present specific products, games or other tangible elements for participants to experience and discover.

Hereby we would like to call for the following:

1. Call for abstracts
Submit your abstract for a presentation or poster during the sessions on both the Networking day and Science showcase day. Please have a look at the session descriptions to select which session suits your expertise best and to prepare your abstract. The online abstract submission system will be open from 1 April to 15 May 2016.

2. Call for stands
Submit a short description for a stand at the marketplace. We offer simple stands, equipped with a table, poster panel and socket. Any extra facilities for your stand will need to be arranged by yourself. Please also submit your stand proposal through the online abstract submission system from 1 April to 15 May 2016.

3. Call for sponsors
During the Networking day we offer conference booths on a commercial basis. If you would like to promote your company or organisation, have a look at our sponsorship page.

DEVOTES-EUROMARINE Summer School: 6th to 9th June 2016, San Sebastian

  • devotes_save_20161-246x300Venue: Aquarium. Donostia – San Sebastián (Spain)
  • Date: 6 – 9 June 2016
  • Organizer: AZTI, SYKE and Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Language: English
  • Programme and registration form will be available soon.


The summer school will be held from 6th to 9th June 2016 (coinciding with the week of the Oceans’ Day on 8th June), at Aquarium of San Sebastian (Spain), European Capital of the Culture in 2016. This is the 13th AZTI’s Summer School and the 4th DEVOTES Summer School.

The topic for this summer school relates to marine ecosystem services and thelinks between their assessment, mapping and the need for a socio-ecological framework to address the important management issues related to the governance of the oceans. Governing the oceans and keeping them in a healthy state requires activities at sea to be sustainable, so that the ecosystem services provided by the oceans and the functionality of the ecosystems can be maintained.

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EEA new report: Europe’s grasslands, woodlands, and marine areas face increased threats

Source: EEA

Europe’s ecosystems face increasing pressure to stay healthy amid rising pollution, overexploitation, urban sprawl and the effects of climate change. These are the findings of a European Environment Agency (EEA) report published today which takes stock of the condition of Europe’s ecosystems.


Fig. 1:  Image © Pawel Kazmierczyk


The EEA report ‘Mapping and assessing the condition of Europe’s ecosystems: progress and challenges’ gives a snapshot of current ecosystem health in Europe. It identifies key gaps in data which are essential to properly assess the health of Europe’s many ecosystems. The report concludes improved mapping and assessments are needed in order to understand the problems faced by Europe’s ecosystems and to restore these key life-sustaining systems to better health. This understanding is vital for policymakers to come up with suitable responses.

The well-being of our societies is heavily dependent on our thriving ecosystems, which provide the basic building blocks of our day-to-day survival, including fertile soil, fresh water, pollination, natural flood protection and climate regulation. This ‘natural capital’ is being degraded or lost as a result of human activity.

The report looks at eight broad ecosystem types in Europe: urban, cropland, grassland, heathland and shrub, woodland and forest, wetlands, freshwater, and marine. It assesses the pressures and challenges each of the different types face as well as the impacts on habitats and species.

Flood Adaptation Tools Developed for Denmark and the Netherlands

Now municipalities can see in writing, when climate adaptation is good business and not. This is possible with the Danish Nature Agency’s new climate adaptation tool, called PLASK (Splash), developed in cooperation with COWI. PLASK stands for Project on Local Analysis of the Social-Economics of Climate Adaptation. It is a major task to prepare the country for more rain and cloudbursts. Citizens must have the best possible safety for their money and therefore the municipalities now have a helping hand to prioritise where and how to intervene, says Minister for the Environment and Food of Denmark, Eva Kjer Hansen. The tool works by the municipality or waste treatment company entering information about previous damages after a cloudburst, as well as information on the full range of options to prevent damage by flooding. The tool consequently calculates what the different solutions would cost in the short and long term – allowing the municipality to choose the solution that pays off the best. The tool also recognises side benefits such as the value of nature and storage of CO2.
Although the Dutch research programmes on climate change and adaptation had been concluded for several years ago, there is still a great interest for their research output, such as publications on water safety and fresh water. The Climate changes Spatial Planning Programme (ran from 2004-2011: and the Knowledge for Climate Programme (2007-2014: still enjoy a great interest from policy makers, decision makers, researchers and people from business and innovation companies. In January 2016, on a weekly basis thousands of publications were being downloaded and webpages visited. Besides, the online community has been growing continuously since the final symposium of the Knowledge for Climate Programme took place in 2014: the twitter account ClimateNL has now got 3500 followers and the Linkedin Group more than 900 members (70% as target group). Most downloaded publications and webpages are on water safety and deltas, fresh water measurements and dealing with urban activities; which are also main challenges of climate adaptation in the Netherlands. These research findings are available in English. Have a look in the list of publications and for twitter have a look here.

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SAVE THE DATE – Blue Economy Business and Science Forum – The Hamburg Summit 2016

WHEN: 12-13 September 2016
WHERE: Hamburg, Germany
The European Commission is organising the first Blue Economy Business and Science Forum in Hamburg on 12 and 13 September.
Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and Commissioner Carlos Moedas, responsible for Research, Science and Innovation will deliver keynote speeches at the opening together with other high level representatives of governments, industry, finance and science.
The Commission Communication on “Innovation in the Blue Economy” proposed a Blue Economy Business and Science Forum, a platform for business, science, finance and policy representatives to identify bottlenecks and explore opportunities for innovation in the Blue Economy that could contribute to growth.
This Summit will gather together around 200 blue economy stakeholders who will be able to  propose solutions for boosting the European competitiveness in marine and maritime technologies, increasing  collaboration between science and industrial sectors, demonstrating the value of innovative technologies, scaling them up and bringing them to the market. They will also examine solutions for clearing bottlenecks that hinder the commercialisation of innovative blue technologies in the EU. Making investments in the marine environment is costly, therefore access to finance is crucial.  Participants will also analyse how the new Commission proposal on the European Innovation Council could provide opportunities for Blue Economy entrepreneurs and innovators.