CASCADE organises a special session at the 2013 UNCCD scientific conference

The CASCADE project will organise a special session on the UNCCD scientific conference (CST-S3) to be held from 9-12 April 2013 in Bonn, Germany. The special session is called 'Catastrophic shifts in drylands: how can we prevent ecosystem degradation? Special Session on how to overcome the difficulties of successful engagement of non-scientific stakeholders.' Subsequently, the UNCCD will organise the CRIC11 from 15-19 April 2013.

Special Session organisers Martha Dunbar (JRC, Italy) and Luuk Fleskens (University of Leeds, UK) say: 'We already know quite a bit about the coexistence and interdependencies of human communities, animals, and plants, but we must learn more about the thresholds that determine whether or not ecological communities can survive in drylands in the future. Are some types of ecosystem more resilient to change than others? How easily can degraded land be restored? A series of experiments in different sites across European drylands will seek to provide some answers.'

'A particular challenge for the CASCADE project is to convey complex concepts to non-scientific stakeholders in order to engage with stakeholders. In this special session we hope to offer the audience an insight into processes to think about concerning stakeholder engagement while generating ideas about land management measures to avoid catastrophic shifts and ways forward for the project to achieve maximum impact.'
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  • The complete extended abstract can be downloaded HERE.
  • The UNCCD Scientific Conference website is located HERE.
  • A news item on the UNCCD website about the CASCADE project can be found HERE.

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More information on the session will be posted when available.