Ecological Restoration in the Mediterranean region: Challenges and Opportunities
14-15-16 October 2015
ECOPLANTMED International Conference Agenda
Wednesday 14th October
17:00 ECOPLANTMED International Conference, opening ceremony "under the high patronage of HE the Minister of Agriculture Akram Chehayeb", at Saint Joseph University, Campus of Innovation and Sports (CIS), Beirut

Registration and poster exposition 
18:00 Opening ceremony, Pr  Salim Dacchache sj. Rector of Saint Joseph University - [view presentation]
Presentation on the European Chapter of the Society for Ecological restoration (SER), by Dr. Jordi Cortina-Segarra, Chair of the European Chapter of SER
Presentation on ECOPLANTMED project, by Mrs Panagiota Gotsiou, ECOPLANTMED Project Coordinator, CIHEAM - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece - [view presentation]
Presentation on ECOPLANTMED pilot site by Dr. Magda Bou Dagher Kharrat, Saint Joseph University, President of the Conference Organizing Committee  - [view presentation]

Opening ceremony cocktail

Thursday 15th October
8:00 – 9:00 Registration and morning coffee
Welcome and a brief introduction on the day topics

SESSION 1 (09:00 – 11:05) : Arid and Dune ecosystems
9:00 Priorities for the restoration of semiarid landscapes at different scales. Jordi CORTINA
(keynote speaker)
9:45 Actions for the conservation and restoration of coastal dunes with Juniperus spp. in Crete and the South Aegean (JUNICOAST) Dany Ghosn
10:00 The LIFE+ project “RES MARIS - Recovering Endangered habitatS in the Capo Carbonara MARIne area, Sardinia” (LIFE13 NAT/IT/000433): first year results Francesca Meloni
10:15 Mimicking natural processes on urban dunes Josep Lascurain
[view presentation]
10:30 Restoration Against All Odds: The Case of Coastal Sand Dunes in Ouzai, Lebanon Joanna Sabra
10:45 Contrasting survival and growth responses of two native species with different rooting strategy during plantation establishment under severe summer drought in the Mediterranean of central Chile Juan Ovalle
[view presentation]
11:00 Discussion


11:05-11:20 Coffee break

SESSION 2 (11:20 – 13:40) : Forest ecosystem
11:20 Relevance of genetic considerations in ensuring effective forest restoration Michele BOZZANO
(keynote speaker)
12:05 Review on the historical afforestation in Rincon de Ademuz, an historical area in the province of Valencia (Spain) Mario Romero-Vivó
[view presentation]
12:20 Bioclimatic and niche characterization; a tool for ecological restoration strategies: case study of Oak species in Lebanon Jean Stephan
12:35 Restoration of Tilio-Acerion forests in the eastern Iberian System.
The Life Renaix el Bosc project
Daniel Arizpe Ochoa
12:50 A review on rehabilitation and afforestation experiences of Cedrus libani A. Rich in Turkey Sezgin Ayan
13:05 The Mediterranean Mosaics Project: Building resilience to climate change through forest landscape restoration and management in the Shouf Biosphere Reserve (Lebanon) Nizar Hani
13:20 Le caroubier en Tunisie : espèce autochtone à intérêt écologique et économique Mohamed Larbi
13:35 Discussion


13:40-14:40 lunch break

SESSION 3 (14:40 – 16:45) : Ecological restoration techniques and key parameters
14:40 Restoring ecosystems with ecological engineering techniques : case studies in Mediterranean France Thierry DUTOIT
(keynote speaker)
15:25 Bridging nature and human priorities in Mediterranean rehabilitation projects: a case report from Qattine- Lebanon Johnny Fenianos and Carla Khater
15:40 Back to earth: Reintroduction of native Lebanese Medicago species as a means for their in-situ conservation Jostelle Beyrouthy
15:55 ECOPLANTMED pilot site in Lebanon: implementation and results Perla Farhat
[view presentation]
16:10 Ecological restoration of forest ecosystems of Lebanon, using native species Michel Khouzami
[view presentation]
16:25 The importance of local gene banks for native plant conservation – The case of the Cretan Seed Bank Christini Fournaraki
16:40 Discussion


16:45-17:00 Coffee break

Poster Presentations SESSION (17:00 - 18:40)

18:40 "Comptoir" of Mediterranean flavors

Friday 16th October (supported by Holcim)
8:30 - 18:00 Field trip to Holcim quarry restoration and Horch Ehden Nature Reserve.

20:00 : Farewell dinner

Saturday 17th October (at participants own cost)
7:30 - 11:20 Field trip to ECOPLANTMED pilot site in Kfardebian.

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