AWARE:
Approaches in WetlAnd REstoration

- focus on fen landscapes

Materials from international workshop, 21-23 April 2013, Warsaw
  


Scope of workshop

Key-note abstracts

Organisers

Case studies


The workshop was financed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (grant no. N N305 148739).

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Perspectives and key-note opponents 

ABSTRACT
Restoring habitats for endangered birds
JAROSŁAW KROGULEC

dr. Jarosław Krogulec is currently working at Polish Society for Protection of Birds (OTOP) as a research expert. He specializes in ecology of birds, wetland restoration and mire conservation.


ABSTRACT

Snail’s perspective and palaeoreferences
MICHAL HORSÁK

Michal Horsák is an associated professor of invertebrate zoology at Masaryk University (Czech Republic). He is interested in diversity and species composition patterns in land snails across various spatial scales, fen ecology and paleoecology in Europe, quaternary molluscs and modern analogies of glacial environments, communities of freshwater invertebrate in fens and also urban ecology.


ABSTRACT

The focus on plant diversity: restoration and management lessons from boreal hay fens
ASBJØRN MOEN

Asbjørn Moen is Professor in vegetation ecology and nature conservation at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. He is specialized in mire ecology and conservation, responsible for the Norwegian national plan for mire nature reserves. He supervises long-term studies of changes in biological diversity of outlying fens and grasslands earlier used for hay-production.

ABSTRACT
The role of bryophytes in peatland ecology and restoration
HÅKAN RYDIN

The research of Professor Håkan Rydin at Uppsala University focuses on the ecology and ecophysiology of peatland bryophytes. He is the author of Biology of peatlands (with John Jeglum), which will be published in a second edition in 2013.


ABSTRACT

Restoring functional landscapes = restoring hydrology
AB GROOTJANS

Professor A.P. (Ab) Grootjans is associated with the University of Groningen and the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, where he leads research projects on mire ecohydrology and restoration. One of the main founders of the Dutch school of landscape ecohydrology, during last years also involved in peatland studies and conservation in various parts of the World, including North and South Africa, Southern America and Central Europe.

ABSTRACT
Water quality as a challenge in fen restoration projects
DOMINIK ZAK

dr. Dominik Zak is a wetland scientist in the biogeochemical research group of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin. He specialises in biogeochemical processes, matter fluxes and nutrient dynamics in wetlands concerning the cycle of phosphorus, nitrogen, carbon, sulphur, and iron and its implications to the restoration practice and environmental decision making.

ABSTRACT
Restoring fens for flood protection
TOMASZ OKRUSZKO

Professor Tomasz Okruszko is the head of Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), where he focuses on research and applications related to wetland restoration, their water requirements and hydrological catchment management.


ABSTRACT

Restoring fens to combat climate change
FRANZISKA TANNEBERGER

dr. Franziska Tanneberger is based at the Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecolgy at Greifswald University, Germany. She works about fen mire ecology, fen biodiversity, the climate relevance of peatlands, and peatland restoration, particularly within voluntary carbon schemes. She has contributed to various mire research and conservation projects in Germany, Russia, Belarus, and Poland.


ABSTRACT

A realistic option? Restoring degraded fens into wet meadows
AGATA KLIMKOWSKA

dr. Agata Klimkowska (Stichting Bargerveen, Netherlands) is an ecologist and researcher in Restoration Ecology & Eco-hydrology, mainly focused on the restoration of fens, fen meadows, peatlands, coastal marshes or other wetland habitats. Her work comprises of conducting applied research and advising in restoration projects and nature policy in Poland and the Netherlands. Secretary of the European chapter of Society for Ecological Restoration.

ABSTRACT
Conservationist’s perspective: priority on best preserved sites
LESŁAW WOŁEJKO

Professor Lesław Wołejko (West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, Poland) is a vegetation ecologist specialized in fen and spring ecosystems. Board member of International Mire Conservation Group. His long-time cooperation with a Polish NGO “Naturalists’ Club” resulted in numerous application projects concerning nature protection, establishing protected areas as well as restoration of endangered ecosystems and species in various regions of Poland.

ABSTRACT
Land-use planning of peatlands in terms of ecological, social and economic sustainability
ANNE TOLVANEN

Professor Anne Tolvanen is a plant ecologist at Finnish Forest Research Institute, METLA, with expertise in the multiple use of forests. Her present research is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on three major global problems; land use, degradation of biodiversity, and climate change. She runs research projects on forest and peatland restoration, land-use planning of peatlands, and socio-ecological planning of tourist destinations.

ABSTRACT
Restoring fens for now or forever? (the issue of resilience)
RUDY VAN DIGGELEN

Professor Rudy van Diggelen is vegetation ecologist and associate professor at Antwerp University and is specialized in fundamental and applied research in low-nutrient systems. He leads research projects on hydrological, hydrochemical and ecological processes in wetlands, nutrient dynamics in heathlands and fens, restoration prospects of degraded systems and advises political bodies in Belgium, The Netherlands and the EU.

ABSTRACT
Implementation practice: fen restoration in LIFE Nature & Biodiversity
SIMONA BACCHERETI

Of Italian nationality, Simona Bacchereti is a biologist specialized in biodiversity conservation and protected areas. A former LIFE Programme Manager in the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment (DG ENV), she now works as Nature & Biodiversity expert for AEIDL, a Brussels-based member of the Astrale consortium that is contracted by the European Commission to deliver communication activities on behalf of the LIFE Programme.

ABSTRACT
In search of synergies - host and chair of discussion
WIKTOR KOTOWSKI

dr. Wiktor Kotowski is a vegetation ecologist and an assistant professor at the University of Warsaw, where he leads a research group on Conservation and Restoration of Ecosystems, focusing on wetland and meadow ecosystems.


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