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ALTER-Net: A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network

Europe’s ecosystem research network


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Information about ALTER-Net's 5th Summer School

PeyresqThe 2010 Summer School took place from 5-14 Sep 2010 in Peyresq. The theme was Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

The 2010 Summer School has focussed on:

  • Biodiversity and ecosystems in Europe;
  • Ecosystem processes, function, services and benefits;
  • Resilience of social and natural systems;
  • Valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services;
  • Linking biodiversity research with policy and the public.

The programme included two talks in the morning and an aperitif talk in the late afternoon before dinner. All talks provided ample time for discussions and as the speakers usually stayed for some days in Peyresq informal discussions were going on till late at night. Tutors guided the working groups in the afternoons this year as well. The working groups concentrated on the Var department and studied the following sectors: Agriculture, tourism, nature conservation and renewable energy. One delegate from each of these working groups joined the synthesis group summarizing the results in a synthesis report aimed at policy makers. A field trip illustrated land-use change in the Provence. Of course there were also opportunities to relax in the beautiful village of Peyresq and its surroundings.

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