WIDS2017 Dynamic Landscapes

proceedings of the Wetlands in Drylands Research Network Conference

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    WIDS2017 Dynamic Landscapes

    Welcome to WIDS2017! This is the second meeting of the Wetlands in Drylands (WIDS) Research Network, following on from the inaugural meeting at Parys, South Africa, in November 2014.

    The WIDS Research Network is a collaborative international initiative to promote the science and management of these important landscapes and ecosystems. We encourage and value participation by researchers, students, practitioners, managers, landowners, traditional owners, and all other stakeholders and community members.

    The theme of WIDS2017 is Dynamic Landscapes, since WIDS typically have highly variable and changeable responses to external controls as well as internal forms and processes. Over three days, keynote presentations, panel discussions and group workshops will be structured around seven themed sessions focussed on hydrology and geomorphology, biogeochemistry, ecology, socio-cultural perspectives, sensitivity and resilience, links between science and management, and outlooks for the future.

    The aims of WIDS2017 are to:

    1.Promote WIDS research, conservation and management;
    2.Continue to build a collaborative international community with active partnerships;
    3.Discuss past and current successes in research, conservation and management;
    4.Identify knowledge gaps and needs for applied research;
    5.Establish a baseline of research, conservation and management actions and opportunities to guide future research projects and programs.

    Session introductions and keynote lectures will focus on key concepts and pressing issues, as well as syntheses of key ideas and activities based on the experiences of the invited speakers. Panels, workshops and poster sessions will provide forums for discussions on the talking points and ideas raised in the session introductions and keynotes. We will identify and consider past and current successes and future opportunities, assess knowledge and information gaps, and discuss needs for further applied research on WIDS. Ultimately, we would like to promote new and existing research, management and stakeholder/community partnerships with a view to future activities and outcomes.

    For more information about the WIDS Research Network, please visit wetlandsindrylands.net.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
    PublisherMacquarie University
    Number of pages35
    ISBN (Print)9781741384543
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2017

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