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15–17 September 2020 The 8th World Sustainability Forum


September 2020 marks the 5th birthday of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. If it were a child and given the right circumstances, it would now have developed fine motor skills, be able to stand on one foot for 10 seconds, have long conversations, and start to develop independence and responsibility. With The 8th World Sustainability Forum, we are not only celebrating a birthday, but are also taking stock of where we are in relation to a more sustainable world, what has worked, what has not yet worked, and where we need to go next. Sustainability has gained considerable traction: Many countries have integrated sustainability and environmental protection as part of their national development agenda, many businesses have realized the considerable long-term potential in sustainable development, and many research agendas have aligned with sustainability goals. It is now time for the research, policy, and business communities to enter into enduring dialog and to embrace greater global responsibilities. With this event, we hope to contribute to building a platform and network for a sustainability agenda that fosters partnerships among stakeholders beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines, narrow national agendas, and quarterly spreadsheets. The quest is to conceive of ways to assure long-term sustainable development for our people, our planet, as well as societal and corporate profit. In light of the importance of developing institutional partnerships and networks, this forum will be coordinated by MDPI, the UN Global Compact, the Global Footprint Network, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

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30 June 2019–4 July 2028 Monte Verità Conference 2019

Zurich, Switzerland

Global environmental changes, such as increasing carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere or habitat transformations, are driven by social, economic and political changes in the human system (World drivers) as well as by biophysical, chemical and structural changes in the earth system (Earth drivers). The various drivers of global change often act simultaneously, but at different spatial and temporal scales, creating potential for interactions and feedbacks among the different drivers. Their impacts are thus hard to predict.

The conference examines the impacts of these interacting drivers on biodiversity and ecosystem processes, and the services they provide, and how this affects human societies at local, regional and global levels.

8 July 2019–13 July 2028 Island Biology 2019

University of La Réunion, France

The University of La Réunion will be the venue for the next international Island Biology conference. After Hawaii and the Azores, the third Island Biology conference will be held in July 2019 (8 - 13) on La Réunion in the heart of the Malagasy Region biodiversity hotspot, and its neighboring islands in the Southern hemisphere.

At the crossroad of three major biogeographical regions of the World (Afrotropical, Indomalayan, Australasian), the Indian Ocean hosts islands of highly contrasting climate, from  tropical down to Antarctic conditions, and of highly contrasting size, from immense islands facing environmental challenges of continental scale down to small islands paving the way for restoration and rewilding projects. The conference will gather scientists from all over the World and practitioners working together on islands with particular emphasis on ecology, evolution, conservation and biogeography of terrestrial and marine biotas.

Key conference themes:

  • Terrestrial and marine biodiversity
  • Large VS small islands
  • Global Change
  • Rewilding
  • Novel Ecosystems
  • Long term biodiversity monitoring
  • Species interactions and networks
  • Paleobiology and biogeography
  • Ecology and society

9–13 September 2020 5th International Conference “Water resources and wetlands”

Tulcea, Romania

The Organizing Committee invites researchers and academics to submit their proposals to organize thematic sessions. The proposal should include 6 tentative titles of potential contributions, names and affiliations of the main authors. We would like to offer an opportunity for participants to apply for the special sessions to be included into the programme of WRW 2020. Each parallel session will last 120 minutes (oral presentation 15+5 minutes discussions). There are maximum four parallel sessions running at a time.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts (400-500 words) in electronic form until February 1st, 2020.

Thematic session
TS1. Microplastic in water and environment
TS2. Impact of Anthropogenic activity in Mediterranean watersheds
TS3. Connectivity of Inland Waters (Habitat Structure, Fragmentation and Biodiversity)
TS4. Remote sensing and GIS - support for monitoring of inland waters
TS5. Aquatic toxicology & Aquatic microbiology

Regular session
RS1. Rivers and lakes ecosystem ecology
- Groundwater influx in rivers and lakes
- Paleoecological approach – a mirror between past and future
- Water geomorphologic process and landscape modeling
- Water level fluctuation
- Water quality management: surface and groundwater
- Phytoplankton and zooplankton
- Aquatic macrophytes and invasive aquatic plants
- Shallow lakes / large and deep lakes – researches and paradigms in the XXI century
- Biogeochemistry and aquatic ecology
- Biodiversity, conservation, restoration and management of lakes and rivers

RS2. Climate changing and water resources
- Polar and alpine lakes
- Arid and semi-arid aquatic systems
- Climate changing and extreme events: floods, droughts, hurricanes, cyclones etc.
- Linking climatology, hydrology and water resources management
- Hydropower production and hydraulics construction – adaptation and changing to the global warming
- Improvements of techniques and technologies for water economy (biotechnology, desalination, irrigation, domestic and industrial supply)

RS3. Coastal environment
- Aquaculture & Fisheries
- Biodiversity, conservation and management of coastal ecosystem
- Marine Biology
- Coastal morphology and process
- Hydrology of coastal and wetland zones
- Estuaries, saltmarshes and mangroves
- Atolls and coral reefs
- Sea level fluctuation and changing
- Coastal lakes and human pressure
- Coastal development for tourism and economic activity

RS4. Deltas and wetlands
- Biodiversity monitoring and management
- Deltas and anthropogenic impacts on deltas ecosystems
- River deltas and floodplain restoration (habitat and species)
-Alien species ecological impact
-Algal blooms in inland waters

RS5. Water policies
- Trans-boundary river and lakes issues
- Water and health
- River/lakes restoration and rehabilitation – ecological processes, ecosystem functioning and services
- River/lakes restoration and rehabilitation – political and economic aspect
- The role of protected areas in conservation of inland waters
- Water and human development (urbanization, megacities, towns and rural areas)
- Water economy, security, institutional and socio-economic aspects
- Education and public awareness

13–16 December 2020 5th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

Auckland, New Zealand

The WCMB welcomes presentations on all aspects of marine biodiversity, both fundamental and applied sciences. The year 2020 is significant in being a deadline for both Convention on Biodiversity Aichi Targets and UN Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 14 on the oceans, and is a starting point for 2030 goals and the UN Decade of the Oceans.

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