Les Rencontres thématiques organisées jeudi 20 octobre de 16:00 à 18:00 sont des rencontres plus informelles entre membres et délégués qui souhaitent discuter de questions pertinentes pour eux.
Managing mountain biking in Parks and protected area'sMark Torsius, IMBA Europe - Salle 411
This side meeting will highlight best practices for planning, designing, building and managing sustainable trail networks for mountain biking. Learn more how to minimize trail user conflicts, reduce environmental impacts and build partnerships with your local mountain bike community. Mountain bikers have proven to be valuable volunteers while helping to maintain the trails they love to ride and protect the natural environment. Delegates are invited to share their challenges regarding the integration of mountain biking as part of a Parks trail network and discuss possible management solutions.
Transboundary cooperation issuesJakub Kaspar, Krkonose Mts. National Park Administration - Salle 412
This side meeting will be focused on the future of TransParcNet - Transboundary Parks Network. We will discuss who will lead the issue within the EUROPARC Federation, what will happen with STEC and Transboundary Working Group and what next steps we would like to take.
The ecological value of darkness: Avoiding light pollution as a mission of nature conservationHarald Bardenhagen, Sterne ohne Grenzen - Salle 413
This side meeting hightlights the ecological importance of darkness and discusses methods to avoid light pollution as a mission of nature conservation using the example of International Dark Sky Park Eifel National Park and a current project of Naturpark Nordeifel e.V. in Germany.
Ecologists have long studied the critical role of natural light in regulating species interactions, but, with limited exceptions, have not investigated the consequences of artificial night lighting. In the past century, the extent and intensity of artificial night lighting has increased such that it has substantial effects on the biology and ecology of species in the wild. We distinguish “astronomical light pollution”, which obscures the view of the night sky, from “ecological light pollution”, which alters natural light regimes in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Some of the catastrophic consequences of light for certain taxonomic groups are well known, such as the deaths of migratory birds around tall lighted structures, and those of hatchling sea turtles disoriented by lights on their natal beaches. The more subtle influences of artificial night lighting on the behavior and community ecology of species are less well recognized, and constitute a new focus for research in ecology and a pressing conservation challenge.
Front Ecol Environ 2004; 2(4): 191–198
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