Topics & Themes

The Science Behind Restoration

  • Principles of restoration ecology
  • Linking restoration science and practice (outreach, extension, teaching)
  • Ecological processes, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services
  • Standards of practice for restoration
  • New technologies for restoration, reclamation, rewilding

Policy and Planning

  • Governance and public policy
  • Legal and regulatory frameworks for restoration
  • International wetland policy and global restoration targets
  • Restoring at the landscape scale
  • Prioritizing areas for restoration
  • Setting appropriate goals
  • Ecological Economics
  • Federal State Local Initiatives
  • Ramsar & International Agreements
  • Wetland Regulation
  • Wetland Valuation & Free Market Considerations
  • Ecosystem Conservation
  • GIS and remote sensing
  • Management of invasive species
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Wildlife management
  • Ecosystem services

Economics of restoration and reclamation

  • Job creation and livelihoods
  • Financing and investment in restoration
  • Restoration enterprises
  • Investing in ecological infrastructure
  • Restoration and reclamation in developing and emerging economies

Social, cultural, and philosophical dimensions

  • Stakeholder engagement/community involvement in ecological restoration
  • First Nations engagement in restoration, reclamation and rewilding projects
  • Traditional ecological knowledge
  • Restoration in cultural landscapes
  • Restoration for socio-ecological resilience
  • Ethics and values
  • Raising public awareness of restoration and reclamation
  • Art and ecological restoration, reclamation and wetlands
  • Professional Development
  • Public Outreach and Education
  • Teaching Wetland, Restoration and/or Reclamation Science

Restoration/reclamation/rewilding amid rapid environmental change

  • Climate change and ecological restoration
  • Restoration, reclamation, rewilding for resilience to extreme events
  • Restoration in the Anthropocene
  • Assisted migration
  • Restoration, reclamation, rewilding for carbon sequestration
  • Restoration, reclamation, rewilding for water supply and water security

Meeting specific restoration challenges

  • Natural regeneration as a restoration strategy
  • Genetics as a tool and outcome of ecological restoration
  • Working with contaminated soils and/or residual materials
  • Erosion control in watershed and river banks
  • Seeds and seedling production
  • Wildlife restoration
  • Restoring biodiversity
  • Soil restoration/plant, soil and water relationships
  • Restoration, reclamation, rewilding in parks and protected areas
  • Fire management in ecological restoration
  • Restoration, reclamation and rewilding of mining and industrial sites
  • Restoration, reclamation and rewilding of oil, natural gas and brownfields
  • Restoration, reclamation, rewilding  in agroecosystems
  • Restoration, reclamation, rewilding of quarries and borrow pits
  • Urban reclamation
  • Rehabilitation of severely degraded sites
  • Invasive species management

Restoration approaches for different biomes/ecosystems

  • Restoration of wetlands and aquatic ecosystems
  • Restoration of coastal ecosystems
  • Restoration of temperate and boreal forests
  • Restoration of temperate grasslands
  • Restoration of tropical forests
  • Restoration of drylands and Mediterranean ecosystems
  • Restoration in urban areas

Monitoring and assessing restoration, reclamation, rewilding outcomes

  • Monitoring and adaptive management
  • Indicators for measuring success
  • Failure and mistakes in projects and decisions

Wetland Biology, Ecology and Physical Sciences

  • Animals 
  • Biogeochemistry, geochemistry and chemistry
  • Genetics & evolution
  • Landscape science
  • Microbes
  • Multi-trophic interactions
  • Plants
  • Geomorphology, hydrology & watersheds
  • Sedimentation
  • Wetland Soils
  • Water Quality, Quantity & Hydraulics

Wetlands and Global Climate Change

  • Blue carbon & carbon markets
  • Wetland response to Global Climate Change
  • Greenhouse gas processes
  • Wetlands and sea level rise

 

Important Preliminary Dates

Call for abstracts starts
November 28, 2019 Now open

Registration starts
December 10, 2019

Abstract submission deadline
January 30, 2020

Abstract acceptance notice
March 2, 2020

Early bird and presenting author registration deadline
March 15, 2020

Conference
June  7-11, 2020

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