In a recent review S Dufour, PM Rodríguez-González and M Laslier highlight that future challenges in riparian vegetation studies include better knowledge sharing, integration of the social dimension and multiple pressure sources, and consideration of all geographic context (see “Tracing the scientific trajectory of riparian vegetation studies: Main topics, approaches and needs in a globally changing world“).
In November, 2 new countries joined the network. Turkey is now represented by Dr. Yaşar Selman Gültekin and Dr. Pınar Gültekin (Duzce University) in the Management Committee and Netherland by Dr. Ellis Penning and Dr. Mijke van Oorschot (Deltares).
CONVERGES COST Action contributed to Society for Ecological Restoration Europe SERE2018: Restoration in the Era of Climate Change Conference (Reikjavik, 9-13 September 2018) with an oral communication titled “Knowledge transfer across regions, disciplines and stakeholders in riparian restoration: educational issues” in the Workshop “Ecological Restoration: Education, Training, Communication and opportunities for employability”.
- In the proposal (December 2016), we were 28 countries and 36 proposers. Today (August 2018), we are 31 countries, 87 participants in the Management Committee and 138 registered people to mailing list.
- In May, a new country joined the network. Lithuania is now represented by Ligita BALEŽENTIENĖ in the Management Committee, welcome to her !
- And another one will also probably join soon. Indeed, on 26 April 2018 the Committee of Senior Officials of the COST association gave approval for Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/1999) to become a COST Near Neighbour Country (NNC) and Naim Berisha from the University of Prishtina – ‘Hasan Prishtina’ expressed his interest for our Action.
A workshop meeting is organized in Iceland in September 2018 to work on visualisation of European responses to riparian vegetation degradation. See here