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Symposium about social-ecological resilience of freshwater systems
2016-12-13 22:00:50 Read:Print

A three-day international (8-10th July, 2017) workshop on “Social Ecological Resilience in Freshwater Systems in the Anthropocene” was organised by the newly established research centre in Nanjing, ‘Resilience and Transformation Centre in China (RTCC) of the Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology Chinese Academy Sciences (NIGLAS)’. More than 100 delegates including 20 international scientists contributed to the workshop, representing a range of research institutions/universities and international academic organizations, such as IHOPE, PAGES, Global land project etc. The workshop was financially supported by State Key Laboratory of Lake Science and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).

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Organising such workshop is timely when the humanity faces global challenges of freshwater resources in the Anthropocene. The key objectives of the three-day international symposium are to help improve knowledge and understanding of nonlinear transition of freshwater system and their relevance to adaptive management. The workshop have two overarching themes: (1) Resilience and regime shift of freshwater social and ecological systems; (2) Resilience-based management in freshwater ecosystems.  The workshop of this kind by bringing global leaders in social and ecological resilience of freshwaters in a platform is significant for exchanging knowledge and ideas and to find better solutions for managing degrading freshwaters.

The workshop commenced with three welcome speeches by Shen Ji, the head of NIGLAS, John Dearing, professor of University of Southampton and Yang Xiangdong, the director of research room at NIGLAS made the welcome speech, respectively. Then followed by 20 significant talks covering a range of topics, including new approaches/models to quantify ecosystem resilience, critical review of regime shift in lakes, as well as new theories about soicalcultural evolution, modelling resilience/transformation and adaptive management approached to safeguarded degraded lake ecosystem etc. On day two after all oral presentation finished, brainstorming sessions were organised with three break-out groups to discuss around topics related with regime shift, resilience indicator as well as resilience based management (see details in the bellow session). The final activity undertaken during the workshop was to have an open scientific committee meeting in regard to the new established centre (RTCC), in regard to the centre development strategy, future research plan, international funding application, research collaboration and staff/student exchange program etc.  Overall, the workshop was considered a very success by those who attend, despite some controversial opinions in regard to regime shift issues in lakes. At the close of the workshop, it is proposed that second workshop of the RTCC will be held in Guanghzou next year.