- Published: Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:45
- Written by Erik van den Elsen
CASCADE representatives have recently attended the UNCCD's 2nd Scientific Conference in Bonn, held from 9-12 April, 2013 in Bonn, Germany . The special session they presented was well-received, a report can be read below.
Catastrophic Shifts in Drylands: How Can We Prevent Ecosystem Degradation? How to Overcome the Difficulties of Successful Engagement of Non-Scientific Stakeholders? - This special session on the EU’s CASCADE project was organized by Martha Dunbar (JRC) and Luuk Fleskens (Wageningen University), both partners in the CASCADE project.
Susana Bautista, University of Alicante, Spain, introduced the project, noting its aim is to understand tipping points in dryland ecosystems that may lead to major losses in biodiversity and concomitant ecosystem services. She said the project is being implemented on six degraded sites in the Mediterranean region where scientists aim to mimic natural systems to generate new insights and practical knowledge for better land management.
Luuk Fleskens, University of Leeds, UK, outlined a new cost-benefit analysis methodology being developed by the project that incorporates high resolution GIS-modeling to factor in the environmental dimension when assessing the financial impacts of action or inaction.