Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Current Themes in Ecology 2018: "Biodiversity: Bending the Curve"

Date: 15 November 2018
Location: Conference Centre "De Werelt", Lunteren


Based on the “Deltaplan voor Biodiversiteitsherstel in de groene ruimte”, this Current Themes in Ecology focusses on new approaches to stop the decline of biodiversity and ultimately how to enhance it. More specifically we will want to address what we know, what we partially know, what we don’t know and what we should know. This information can accordingly be incorporated in the effectuation of the Deltaplan to make it a success.

The program is composed of:

  • Presentations given by international scientists who shine light on the approaches to enhance biodiversity in their home country
  • Presentations by three of the members of the team formulating the “Delta Plan”
  • Presentation from a socio-ecological perspective addressing the element of social acceptance of biodiversity conservation measures
  • Pitches highlighting cases of current biodiversity activities/measures


09:00 - 09:30 Registration & Coffee / Tea

09:30 - 09:50 Welcome by the Chair of the Day, Louise Vet, director @ Netherlands Institute for Ecology, the Netherlands

09:50 - 10:30 Bending the curve – what are the neighbours doing? (speaker to be determined)

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea

11:00 - 11:40 Mitigating biodiversity decline in Swedish Farmland, Regina Lindborg, Stockholm University, Sweden

11:40 - 12:00 Pitch: Farming for Nature, Theo Wams, director Natuurmonumenten

12:00 - 12:40 New approaches in conserving nature in an urbanised country,Natasja Oerlemans, WNF

12:40 - 13:40 Lunch

13:40 - 14:00 Pitch: Biodiversity on farmland (speaker to be determined)

14:00 - 14:40 The need for multi-actor, landscape-based approaches in biodiversity conservation, David Kleijn, Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands

14:40 - 15:20 Conserving birds in an Agricultural Landscape, Raymond Klaassen, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

15:20 - 15:50 Coffee / Tea

15:50 - 16:10 Pitch: The Green Deal approach, Albert Vliegenthart, Dutch Butterfly Conservation, the Netherlands

16:10 - 16:50 Social acceptance of Biodiversity conservation measures, Speaker to be invited

16:50 - 17:30 Final debate, Synthesis and wrap up

17:30 - 18:30 Drinks


This edition of Current Themes in Ecology is organised by:

  • Louise Vet (Director Netherlands Institute for Ecology, the Netherlands)
  • Koos Biesmeijer (Professor in Biodiversity Dynamics - Naturalis Biodiversity Center, the Netherlands)
  • David Kleijn (Professor in Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation, Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands)
  • Claudius van de Vijver (Netherlands Ecological Research Network)

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