Val Veny, Courmayeur
Taxonomic Diversity: Assessment and threat degrees
11 feb 2011
Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
The Habitat Directive was an outstanding advancement in considering the vegetation as part of biodiversity and in making paramount the need to preserve it. With this goal in mind the Directive determined in syntaxonomical terms a number of key habitat types to be preserved. The usefulness of Directive 43/92 is undeniable. Since it was first published it has become the general tool for vegetation preservation and the main reason to include vegetation within the Environmental Impact Assessment processes as well as the major guideline to establish special interest areas. In a complementary way several authors have proposed different approaches to habitat description and assessment of its flora’s richness, legacy, endemisms, extent of occurrence, area of presence and other aspects. At this point it seems the right moment to go one step further in protecting syntaxonomical diversity by analyzing its threats, developing the concepts that relate to its degradation and extinction and establishing some risk categories to mention a few.
The symposium will count with some of the most remarked specialists in the field that will present their proposals which will then be summarized and right after will be presented for a common review by all participants. The conclusions drawn will be published so they can be eventually used in the vegetation assessment process.
If you are interested in participating do not hesitate to contact Prof. Javier Amigo at email@example.com. The subscription fee is 75 Euros and will include lunch and dinner on February 11th. To organize your travelling and accommodation you may contact if you wish Ms. Trotta’s Emma González at +34 981 577 577or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in participating we kindly request you a confirmation by January 17th. The second communication will be delivered only to those who expressed their interest in participating.
With the Symposium, the International Federation of Phytosociology, in collaboration with the University of Santiago de Compostela, intends to honour Prof. Jesús Izco who, on September 30th 2010, has retired at age 70.
8h 30’ Documentation delivery
The University of Santiago is organizing a lunch in the honor of Prof. Jesús Izco on February 12th with the attendance of the University Chancellor and other academic officials.