SUSTAINABLE USE OF WETLANDS: challenges of conservation and management in dynamic socio-ecological systems
Venue : Maun Lodge, Maun, Botswana.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 April 2014
Wetlands are dynamic and productive ecosystems that support the livelihoods of millions of rural people in the world through their ecosystem functions and services. They also act as basis for a rich cultural tradition. In addition, they contribute to important ecosystem processes on a larger scale through their biogeochemical functions and their impact on the hydrological cycle and climate. However, the geographical extent of wetlands is decreasing as a result of their transformation and economic development. There is a risk that the valuable ecosystem services of wetlands will be degraded or even be lost in future. It is therefore important for research and planning to draw attention to the importance and the sustainable use of wetlands. The symposium aims at improving our understanding of wetland dynamics by exploring all facets of variability and change in wetland systems. Furthermore, the Symposium will review existing knowledge and present the most recent research findings on wetlands dynamics and management options.
Objectives of the Symposium
The general objective of the Symposium is to provide an open forum for the exchange of views among wetland academics, policy makers, planners, community members, and nature conservation professionals.
Specific objectives are:· To understand flora and fauna responses to the dynamics and heterogeneity of biogeochemical processes and primary production in wetlands.
· To determine appropriate management regimes of wetland flora and fauna (including fish) for sustainable utilisation.
· To assess the economic and ecological value of wetlands to inform policy and planning.
· To assess the linkages between the dynamics of ecosystem services and human well-being in wetlands
· To discuss the effects of hydrological processes on the functioning of wetlands, particularly in relation to climate change,
· To assess the socio-cultural, economic and environmental impacts of tourism on wetlands.
· To examine how human activities (e.g. mining, agriculture, water diversion/ abstraction) affect wetland ecosystem functioning.
· To analyse contemporary issues, opportunities and challenges (such as climate change, policy needs) in wetland sustainability and governance
· To explore how research findings can be effectively communicated to stakeholders for sustainable management of wetlands.
Papers are invited on the subthemes outlined and others falling within the scope of the Conference.
1. Wetlands Ecosystem Services and Human well-being:
2. Economic valuation of Wetlands
3. Wetlands hydrology: Biogeochemical cycling
4. Wetlands ecological dynamics (macrophytes and macro-fauna)
5. Biogeochemical cycling
6. Anthropogenic transformation of wetland landscapes
7. Management and conservation of wetlands fisheries
8. Sustainable Tourism
9. Wetland governance
10. Knowledge translation, research communication, environmental education and extension in wetlands
PRACTICAL DETAILSSUBMISSION GUIDELINES OF ABSTRACTS
1. Abstracts should be in English(UK), no more than 200-250 words using Times New Roman 12 point font, one inch margins (top, bottom, and sides), and single spacing (demonstrating your adherence to the conference title).
2. Abstracts should be written and formatted according to the guidelines of the APA Publication Manual (6th Edition).
3. The following information should be included: abstract title, names and affiliations of all authors, and contact information (including phone and email) of the principal author
4. Documents should be saved in Microsoft Word format.
5. Abstracts should be submitted online or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR FULL PAPERS
- Length: maximum 6000 - 7000 words (1.5) spaced typed pages with a font size of 12 (Times New Roman).
- Content and structure: (1) Introduction, (2) Methods, (3) Results, (4) Conclusions and (5) References, with the aspects mentioned in the first paragraph included.
- The following information should be included: abstract title, names and affiliations of all authors, and contact information (including phone and email) of the principal author
- Documents should be saved in Microsoft Word format.
- Full Papers should be submitted online or by email to: email@example.com
Early Registration: US$400
Late Registration: US$ 500
Early Registration: $300
Late Registration: $400
Botswana Based: Participants
Early Registration ALL=$90 Students=$60
Late Registration ALL=$100 Students=$80
Early Registration : $230
Late Registration : $290
Early Registration: $700
Late Registration: $900
Early Registration: $150
Late Registration: $ 200
TIMELINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS & FULL PAPERS
30 April 2014
Notification of acceptance to authors
15 May 2014
Submission of full manuscripts
30 June 2014
For Conference details visit : www.ori.ub.bw/wetlands-symposium-2014