• EUROPEAN REGIONAL CENTRE FOR ECOHYDROLOGY of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 3 Tylna Str. 90-364 Lodz, Poland
  • 00 48 42 681 70 06

RATIONALE

In the face of global degradation of water-related ecosystems, climate instability and growing anthropogenic impacts, there is an urgent need to integrate the existing knowledge from different environmental sciences as a key for the development of problem-solving, sustainability science. Ecohydrology, as transdisciplinary science, has been postulating ecosystem processes as management tools for sustainability by defining multidimensional goals for catchment management - WBSRC (Water, Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services for Society, Resilience to climatic changes and Cultural heritage).

Since water is a major driver of biogeochemical evolution and hence of biodiversity and biological productivity, regulation of ecohydrological processes becomes the first and fundamental step towards achieving sustainability in the catchment, particularly in human-modified and degraded systems. Since its formulation under UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme, the implementation of WBSRC strategy is creating synergy between Nature-Based Solutions and Circular Economy model with constant development and increasing efficiency.

The symposium will bring together top experts from scientific institutions and international organizations and will provide an open floor for the discussion about integration of ecohydrological biotechnologies and systemic solutions with a circular economy development towards mitigation/adaptation to climate instability.

Every successful strategy must be founded with two elements: amplification of opportunities and elimination of risks. Circular Economy, the rising issue of our times, focuses on “closing the loop” approach, contributes to increasing resources productivity (and decreasing of disposals), energy use and pollutants emission. To achieve the sustainability with adaptation to climate change it is necessary to implement the second element of the strategy, which is the enhancement of catchment carrying capacity (sustainability potential) with profound understanding of ecosystem processes and their dynamics. Ecohydrology, based on change from mechanistic to evolutionary approach, creates potential for the synergy effect between both Circular Economy and Nature-Based Solutions.

The previous International Symposium on Ecohydrology, Biotechnology and Engineering took place in Łódź (September 2013) and gathered over 210 experts and scientists from 31 countries. http://www.ecohydrologyengineeringsociety2013.org/