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ESENIAS-TOOLS contributions 2015-2017

 

 

The ESENIAS-TOOLS project and project results were presented at 15 scientific forums, organised within the project, and 32 other international scientific forums, with a total of 205 communications (oral and poster presentations).

 

In the frame of the project, the 1st ESENIAS book – ESENIAS Scientific Reports 1 was completed and published. Two more books of the series – ESENIAS Scientific Reports 2 and 3 were prepared and published:

 

Rat M., T. Trichkova, R. Scalera, R. Tomov, A. Uludağ (Eds.) 2016. ESENIAS Scientific Reports 1. State of the Art of Alien Species in South-Eastern Europe. University of Novi Sad Faculty of Sciences, Novi Sad, Serbia, IBER-BAS, Bulgaria, ESENIAS. ISBN 978-86-7031-3316. >>>

 

Trichkova T., A. Uludağ, A. Zenetos, V. Vladimirov, R. Tomov, D. Cogalniceanu et al. 2017. ESENIAS Scientific Reports 2. East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species – A tool to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria (ESENIAS-TOOLS). IBER-BAS, ESENIAS, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

Trichkova T., R. Tomov, V. Vladimirov, H. Kalcheva, A. Uludağ (Eds.) 2017. Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, Supplement 9, ESENIAS Scientific Reports 3. 7th ESENIAS Workshop with Scientific Conference ’Networking and Regional Cooperation Towards Invasive Alien Species Prevention and Management in Europe’, 28–30 March 2017, IBER-BAS, ESENIAS, Sofia, Bulgaria. 

 

Furthermore, the results have been summarised and published in 43 articles in scientific journals and 86 abstracts; three articles are accepted for publication; two articles are submitted and several other articles are in preparation.

 

See the full list of the ESENIAS-TOOLS contributions here >>>

 
Training course on IAS impact in extreme environments

 

 

 

The Training Course ‘Impact of invasive alien species on biodiversity and ecosystem services in extreme environments’ was organised within the ESENIAS-TOOLS project and held on 03-04 April 2017, in Sofia, Bulgaria. The training course was organised by the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS (IBER-BAS), Bulgaria, Reykjavik University, Iceland, ESENIAS, and the Danube Region Invasive Alien Species Network (DIAS). It was funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014, Programme BG03 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, under the ESENIAS-TOOLS project, D-33-51/30.06.2015.

 

The training course aimed at:

  • Capacity building and increasing awareness on IAS impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services in extreme environments among young scientists and PhD students from Bulgaria and the ESENIAS countries;
  • Imparting basic skills and competencies on IAS, its related terminology, the relevant international regulatory framework, networks, projects and information systems;
  • Networking and cooperation among scientists in the ESENIAS region.

 

The training course was attended by 60 participants,including the lecturers and the organisers. Eleven lecturers from seven countries (Bulgaria, Iceland, France, United Kingdom, R. Macedonia, Poland, and Turkey) were involved in the course. The learners included experts from universities and research institutes, governmental institutions, and students (PhD and MSc), from five countries (Bulgaria, Italy, Serbia, R. Macedonia and Turkey).

 

The delivered lectures at the training course can be downloaded here:

 

Lecture 1. Invasive Alien Species (IAS); Environmental, economic and social impact.Introduction to Risk analysis (Rumen Tomov)

Lecture 1. Part 1 >>>

Lecture 1. Part 2 >>>

 

Lecture 2. Pathways of biological invasions, Human factor. Climate change as a driver of biological invasions (Rumen Tomov) >>>

 

Lecture 3. Ecosystem services assessment and mapping – development and application of Bulgarian methodology, relation to IAS (Svetla Bratanova) >>>

 

Lecture 4. IAS management (prevention, early detection and control). International regulatory framework related to IAS. IAS related networks, projects and information (Ahmet Uludag) >>>

 

Lecture 5. Invasive species in high latitude freshwater ecosystems as climate is warming (Jón S. Ólafsson) >>>

 

Lecture 6. What are alien diatom species and how do we recognise them? (David Williams) >>>

 

Lecture 7. How human activities and climate change interact to trigger arthropod invasions and their further spread after establishment (Alain Roques) >>>

 

Lecture 8. Environmental modelling, a powerful tool to preserve pristine freshwaters (David C. Finger) >>>

 

Lecture 9. Biodiversity in high-mountain lakes and other habitats in Poland and Bulgaria: state of knowledge, environmental and taxonomical changes of diatoms (Agata Wojtal) >>>

 

Lecture 10. Benthic diatom monitoring and assessment of high-mountain lakes, Rila National Park, Bulgaria - standard methods (Nadja Ognjanova-Rumenova) >>>

 

Lecture 11. Diversity, origin and speciation of diatoms of Lake Ohrid (Zlatko Levkov) >>>

 

Lecture 12. The possible effects of invasive freshwater species on fish and fisheries in Iceland (Ingi R. Jónsson) >>>

 


Training Course Report >>>

 

Training Course List of Participants >>>

 

Picture Gallery >>>

 

 

 
7th ESENIAS Workshop and Conference

 

 

 

The 7th ESENIAS Workshop with Scientific Conference ‘Networking and Regional Cooperation Towards Invasive Alien Species Prevention and Management in Europe’ was held on 28–30 March 2017, in Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

The conference was organised by the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER-BAS), ESENIAS and the Danube Region Invasive Alien Species Network (DIAS). It was funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014, Programme BG03 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, ESENIAS-TOOLS Project, D-33-51/30.06.2015, and the Bulgarian Science Fund, Project DPMNF 01/8/ 21.03.2017.

 

The ESENIAS Conference provided a forum for presentation of multidisciplinary research activities on various topics related to invasive alien species, highlighting the importance of regional cooperation for finding solutions at national, regional and European scale. The following topics were covered:

1.    Invasive alien species traits and trends – invasive alien species introductions and spread, biological and ecological characteristics; characteristics of recipient environment; invasive alien species and climate change

2.    Vectors and pathways for invasive alien species introductions – trade, transport, horticulture, aquaculture, agriculture, forestry, hunting, etc.

3.    The Danube River as invasive alien species corridor – priority species for the Danube Region, impact on threatened species, specificity of biological invasions in Lower, Middle and Upper Danube River sections

4.    Invasive alien species impact – environmental impact, impact on ecosystem services, socioeconomic impact and impact on human health; pests and pathogens

5.   Invasive alien species prevention and management – early detection and rapid eradication, surveillance systems;risk assessment and horizon scanning; control measures; restoration of damaged ecosystems; education, citizen science, strategies, policy and legislation; IAS networks and information systems, databases, data planning and management.

 

The 7th ESENIAS Workshop with Scientific Conference was attended by 145 participants – 69 from Bulgaria and 76 from other countries (Albania, Australia, Croatia, CzechRepublic, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kosovo, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine). The Programme included 12 oral sessions and two poster sessions. Nine keynote presentations, 47 oral and 59 poster presentations were delivered. The results are summarised and published in 127 abstracts.

 

Programme of the 7th ESENIAS Workshop with Scientific Conference >>>

 

List of Participants >>>

 

Book of Abstracts >>>

 

 

Picture Gallery >>>

 

 

 
Case study 2: visit Iceland (June 2016)

 

 

Case study 2: Visit to Reykjavik University and the Elliðaár River catchment, Iceland, 23 - 30 June, 2016

 

In the frame of Case study 2: Comparative study on the effect of hydrological regime on the distribution of the invasive diatom Didymosphenia geminata in extreme environments (Icelandic rivers and lakes, and Bulgarian high-mountain lakes), Dr. Vesela Evtimova from the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER-BAS), visited the Reykjavik University and the Elliðaár River catchment, Iceland, between 23 and 30 June, 2016. The purpose of the visit was to discuss and coordinate analyses and data presentation of the Icelandic diatom dataset. In addition some of the sampling locations within the catchment of the Elliðaár River were visited. During the visit discussions on data availability, presentation and interpretation were done. Ways to organise the dataset on benthic diatoms from the seven sample sites in Iceland: upstream and downstream the Elliðaár River, Elliðavatn Lake and upstream and downstream the tributaries Suðurá and Hólmsá Rivers, were investigated.

 

The meetings were attended by Dr. David Finger (Reykjavik University), Dr. Jón S. Ólafsson and Vaiva Čypaitė (the Institute of Freshwater Fisheries of Iceland) and Dr. Vesela Evtimova (IBER-BAS).

 

Within this case study the following tentative tasks have been formulated:

- Organising the data into a dataset and conducting initial analyses relating hydrological connectivity with diatom communities from samples collected from Iceland in summer and autumn 2015 (Bulgarian partners);

- Preparation of an abstract relating hydrological connectivity with diatom communities (Bulgarian partners);

- Relating meteo- and hydrological data to Didymo distribution (Icelandic partners);

- Collecting existing environmental data for the studied sites (Icelandic partners).

 

 

 

 

 

 
WG4 meeting Serbia

 

 

ESENIAS-TOOLS WG4 Meeting: Data collection, analysis, standardisation and harmonisation on alien plant and fungi species, was held on 03-04 March 2016, in Novi Sad, Serbia.

 

The meeting was organised by the University of Novi Sad Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology and Ecology, with the support of the Office of the Rector at University of Novi Sad, the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER-BAS) and ESENIAS. The meeting was funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009–2014, Programme ‘BG03. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’, under the ESENIAS-TOOLS project, and co-funded by the Provincial Secretariat for Higher Education and Scientific Research Activity. The programme of the meeting was additionaly supported by the Provincial Secretariat for Urban Planning and Environmental Protection, because of the high importance of the topics related to improvement of the Serbian national legislation on invasive alien species.

 

The meeting was attended by 37 participants, from 12 countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, R. Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, and United Kingdom). The participants represented project partner institutions, as well as research institutions, universities, environmental protection agencies related to invasive alien plants from other ESENIAS countries.

 

The following topics were discussed:

1)     ESENIAS-TOOLS WG4 (alien plants and fungi species) working plan, tasks, activities and expected results

2)     Existing lists of alien plant species per country

3)     Existing review lists of alien plant species for the ESENIAS region

4)     Future activities to compile data for the 2nd ESENIAS book, as one of the project outcomes; preparation of fact sheets

5)     Standardisation and harmonisation of methods on alien plant species

6)     Prioritisation of alien plant species for the ESENIAS region

7)     Data validation per country and possibilities for publishing of new national lists.

 

 

Agenda >>>

List of participants >>>

Meeting report >>>

 

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