The 33rd SIL Congress in Turin: Science for sustainable freshwater

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Monday, 8 August 2016

The Congress of the International Society of Limnology (SIL), was held in Turin (Italy) from 31st of July until the 5th of August (http://www.sil2016.it/) , and gathered  hundreds of scientists worldwide, whose expertise covered a broad range of topics on freshwater protection. 

There is a general consensus and awareness amongst scientists on the need to preserve freshwater ecosystems, since many are deteriorating in quantity and quality: scientific shared knowledge and international collaboration on limnology can contribute to their sustainable use.

The European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) was presented in the session “Alien species ecological impacts: from genomics to macroecology”, acknowledging the impact of alien species on freshwater ecosystems. EASIN provides updated aggregated scientific information on invasive alien species (IAS) in Europe from a network of partners, supporting EU Member States early warning and rapid response to IAS of Union concern, while implementing EU Regulation 1143/2014. The participants to the special session showed particular interest in EASIN planned activities concerning Citizen Science, including the already developed Smartphone application for reporting IAS of Union concern throughout Europe.

The book of abstracts of the Congress can be downloaded at: http://www.sil2016.it/files/6214/6980/1759/33rd_SIL_Congress_2016_-_Book_of_Abstracts.pdf

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