project, “ECOlogical use of native PLANTs for environmental restoration and sustainable development in the MEDiterranean region”, welcomes you to its International Conference with the theme “Ecological Restoration in the Mediterranean region: Challenges and Opportunities”, hosted by the project partner Saint Joseph University (USJ)
, in Beirut, Lebanon on 14, 15 and 16 October 2015.
The ECOPLANTMED International Conference focuses on ecological restoration of Mediterranean type habitats (forests, coastal/dune habitats, arid areas, wetlands, etc.) that faced degradation by urban development, fire, invasive species, overgrazing, quarries, mines, etc. It will address issues such as
- cases of restoration of Mediterranean habitat types
- criteria to select species for restoration purposes
- importance of the seed banks in conservation of plants for restoration
- genetic quality of plants
- morpho-physiological quality of plants.
The Conference intends to disseminate the results of the ECOPLANTMED project, evaluate the success of implemented Mediterranean restoration actions, discuss difficulties faced and lessons learnt, and highlight the importance of using native plants for restoration. It will bring together and exchange experience among scientists, public authorities and development agencies dealing with environmental management and plant genetic resources management, plant production sector, landscape architects, environmental educators, and environmental organisations.
On conclusion of the conference, attendants can participate in a field trip to the ECOPLANTMED restoration pilot site in Mount-Lebanon where they will see and discuss the on-site project restoration works in Lebanon.