Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange
Speaker: Dr. Stefano Mammola (Research Fellow at CNR, IRSA: Water Research Institute, Verbania)
Title of the talk: Toward evidence-based conservation of subterranean ecosystems
Time: Thursday, 14 October 2021 at 14.15
Place: Tartu, Lai 40-218 (mandatory to present a covid certificate or to wear a mask), or virtual seminar in Zoom
Summary: Caves and other subterranean ecosystems are among the most widespread environments on Earth and contain a biota still poorly known. To raise awareness of subterranean ecosystems, the essential services they provide, and their unique conservation challenges, 2021 was designated the International Year of Cave and Karst. The time is ripe to provide a quantitative assessment of solution-based approaches to safeguard subterranean biota and associated habitats. During the seminar, I will present the result of an ongoing systematic review to quantify the available evidence for the effectiveness of conservation interventions in subterranean ecosystems. I will discuss the importance of making conservation efforts in subterranean systems more practical, cost-effective, and long-lasting.