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Proposed events

List of proposed events confirmed for SERE2021. The list will be completed with further additions over the next weeks.

Symposium

Ecological Restoration contributions to Disaster Risk Reduction, Preparedness and Mitigation

Convenor: de Jager, Alfred

European Commission, Joint Research Centre, JRC

We will focus on Ecological Restoration projects to reduce the risk of impact of extreme events such as riverine flooding, flash floods, mass movement of soils, droughts, forest fires and heatwaves.
We will first address various aspects and terminology of Disaster Risk Reduction in relation to climate heating, excessive agricultural production practices and adaptation to a hotter climate.
After setting this scope, we will focus on examples of historic disasters and measures to reduce the risk of impact based on typical grey or green interventions. Focus will be given on the complexity of disasters for example with disasters related to the mining industry or the various droughts that stroke Europe in the last ten years. Examples and lessons learned from projects financed by European funds will be given.
In order to activate governments or investors especially related to the insurance industry we will present and discuss various methods to quantify the economic costs of malfunctioning ecosystem services. We aim to have at least six presenters followed by a discussion panel comprising executive services of the European Commission.

Topics, presentations to be anticipated upon:

- Brief introduction to DRM, steps forward and challenges
- Presentation of projects financed by EASME on DRM and NBS
- How can ecological restoration and ecosystem restoration contribute to DRM?
• Example of Mining disaster in Serbia
• Example of Drought events in Europe
• Example of Flood prevention in Europe
- DRM and climate heating, can we improve socio-ecological resilience?
- Ecosystem restoration, ecosystem services and quantifying economic costs of threats and risks, how we can get investors and governments on board.
o Introduction of quantification techniques for ecosystem services
o Example of Quantification of malfunctioning ecosystem services
o The economic benefits of ecosystem restoration

- Discussion panel and drafting of conclusions and recommendations.

Workshop

Natural capital restoration: enriched toolkit for decission makers

Convenor: Magro Ruiz, Sandra 

Creando Redes, Spain

Natural capital restoration is a key part of the European Green New Deal which principal objective is to move forward a decarbonized economy. In this sense, ecosystem restoration is essential as far as current development depends and affect natural resources, and because nature is critical to mitigate climate change. Moreover, natural capital restoration may lead to new green growth models. To get the European Commission goals regarding natural capital restoration, companies and governments have to include natural capital in the front raw of decision-making.

As the first step to include natural capital restoration in decision-making, some frameworks and methodologies have been developed by public and private entities. These approaches cover different stages of natural capital assessment, and can be used at corporate and technical level. Nevertheless, these tools could be outdated and current research in ecological restoration could help improving and designing alternative tools.

In this workshop, we aim to:

• Analyse the importance of natural capital and ecosystem services in corporative and governmental decisions

• Discuss the usefulness of available frameworks and methodologies currently available to include natural capital and its restoration in decision-making

• Brainstorm around other tools available or new tools to be developed that will help decision makers