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Transitional states in transitional ecosystems

Location: Kavala, Greece
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2006-06-01    
End Date: 2006-06-02

Event Description:
On 1-2 June 2006 within the TWreferencenet CADSES project framework an open workshop will be organized in Kavala, Greece in order to link theory of dynamic systems with empirical investigations from transitional waters (TWs).
The goal of this workshop is to incorporate the dynamic regime concept in ecosystem assessment and restoration of TWs. In the workshop the following topics/questions will be addressed:

• State of the art in the theory of dynamic ecological systems.
• Do alternative regimes in transitional waters exit? If yes, do the reference and degraded conditions represent examples of alternative dynamic regimes?
• Possible methodologies to identify regimes and regime shifts in TWs and in marine ecosystems in general.
• Which restoration strategy should be developed to restore the good water quality in the degraded TWs?

Human well-fare depends on the structure and [function] of the ecosystems. Thus, it is critical to know the ecological status and the restoration possibilities of the degraded ecosystems, especially for the sensitive and high valued ecosystems, like transitional waters (TWs). Several studies in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems indicated that ecosystems may undergo sudden dramatic shifts from one state (regime) into another, if a critical threshold known as “catastrophic bifurcation” is passed. Since the new state may generate less valuable ecosystems goods and services, such regime shifts may have dramatic consequences for the society. Any restoration effort to the primarily regime may show resilience requiring drastic and expensive intervention. Key issues in the protection and the sustainable management of TWs is the assessment of anthropogenic impact and the restoration of the degraded systems to historical less disturbed regimes (reference conditions).

Abstract submission
Submission of abstracts will be open until the end of February 2006.

The contributed papers after a peer-review selection will be invited for publication in a special issue of an International Journal. More information will be announced soon.

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Event programme:
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Collaborators and organisers:
Programme Committee:
Sotiris Orfanidis, Associated Researcher, National Agricultural Research Foundation, Fisheries Research Institute, Greece (
Alberto Basset, Professor of University of Lecce, Lecce, Italy (

Local Organising Committee:
Sotiris Orfanidis, Associated Researcher, National Agricultural Research Foundation, Fisheries Research Institute, Greece (
Sofia Reizopoulou, Researcher, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) Greece(
Nikolaos Stamatis, Researcher, National Agricultural Research Foundation Fisheries Research Institute, Greece ( Vasilis Ragias, Researcher, Agricultural Fisheries Cooperation of Kavala, Greece (

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Registration fee: 180 Euro (including 2 lunches, coffee breaks, loca

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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