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The conference ‘European Vegetation in the 21st Century’, being organised by the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government, Ireland (DoEHLG), will be held in the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI, Galway) from the 21st to the 23rd June 2005. Registration and a welcome reception will take place on the 20th June 2005. We invite all those interested in European vegetation to participate in this conference, which will be followed by a week-long excursion to explore the habitat diversity of Ireland.
Objectives of the conference
The recently published Map of the Natural Vegetation of Europe illustrates clearly the great diversity of vegetation in Europe. This diversity is recognised to some extent in the European Union’s Habitat Directive, which seeks to conserve representative examples of vegetation and habitats. The objectives of this conference are to provide a forum for European vegetation and conservation scientists to examine various aspects of European vegetation with particular regard to European legislation and in the light of anticipated land use and climate change. The conference will also look at Irish vegetation in a European context. Outstanding national and international experts have accepted our invitation to speak and the conference promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable event.
The conference will include three days of contributed and invited presentations (Download Confirmed speakers spreadsheet ) on the following themes:
- Vegetation past, present and future
- Vegetation classification and mapping
- Monitoring vegetation change
- Land use management
- Impacts of land use change
- Impacts of climate change
- Conservation planning
- Habitat creation & compensatory mechanisms.
The conference will be followed by an excursion from 24th to 30th June 2005. This will give delegates an opportunity to explore the diversity of habitats in Ireland and challenges for management arising from landuse changes. The first 3 days of the excursion will be based in Galway and the following 4 days will be based in Kerry. Delegates have the option to participate in the first 3 days, the last 4 days or the full week. Areas to be visited include the Burren karst region, the Connemara blanket bogs and machair, raised bogs and fens in the midlands and the Killarney National Park.