Ponds have been altered by human activities over hundreds of years threatening their conservation values and ecosystem services. Within this context, the aim of the European Pond Conservation Network Workshop (EPCN) is to increase the knowledge of ecological functioning and their biodiversity, promoting awareness and understanding towards the conservation of pond ecosystems.
During the 8th EPCN congress, over 70 experts from 15 countries have given more than 50 cutting edge presentations addressing crucial topics, such as metacommunity theory, biodiversity, carbon fluxes and management and restoration experiences and techniques, in order to improve our knowledge about ponds’ functioning and contribute to successful restoration and conservation projects. Furthermore, the congress has also offered an excellent context to endorse and strength relationships between scientists, managers and environmentalists.
In addition, the congress has been followed by the seminar on Life Pletera project, including a session about management and restoration of coastal lagoons.
We acknowledge all the people who have contributed to the success of the 8th EPCN and encourage everybody to become part of this community and work together to preserve our natural heritage.
The 8th EPCN congress has been organized by the Research Group on Ecology of Inland Waters (GRECO, Institute of Aquatic Ecology, University of Girona) with the support of the Museum of the Mediterranean and the town council of Torroella de Montgrí. It has been held at the Museum of the Mediterranean (Torroella de Montgrí, Girona, Spain).
Both the congress and the seminar were adhered to the European Green Week and the Catalan Setmana de la Natura.