Between 22nd and 26th of June 2020 the city of Murcia (Southeast of Spain) will host the XX Congress of the Iberian Association of Limnology (AIL-2020). It must be highlighted that, for the first time, the fruitful coordination between the Iberian Association of Limnology (AIL) and the Iberoamerican Associations of Limnology are leading to the celebration of a joined scientific event in the Iberian Peninsula. Thus, Murcia will also host the III Iberoamerican Congress of Limnology (CIL-2020). This event will provide a valuable opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and experiences between the Iberian and Ibero-American limnologists.
One of the main aims of this meeting is to discuss the new scientific knowledge that will be useful to improve the management and conservation of inland aquatic ecosystems (from lakes to deltas and estuaries, through rivers and wetlands). This information will be discussed under a global change scenario and considering new models of man-nature cooperation. Under the slogan “Limnology in a changing world”, the congress aims to discuss key issues to manage these ecosystems that despite being of high importance for humans, are subjected to increasing human pressures and impacts.
The Iberian Southeast is one of the most arid regions in Europe. Inland aquatic ecosystems in this area acquire a great importance for their uniqueness at European scale. Arid environments offer a wide variety of aquatic ecosystems, hosting an extraordinary biodiversity. The functioning of such ecosystems is determined by extreme biophysic conditions, especially at the terrestrial-aquatic interface. Despite its conservation value, the aquatic ecosystems of this region are highly threatened by the high degree of anthropic alteration and global change.
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