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Environmental issues we would like to highlight and discuss:

This conference is framed around themes, each theme is kicked off by two plenary keynote speeches of 20 min, followed by a discussion. After the plenary session, a range of different parallel sessions will be organised that are linked to the plenary of that block or a block in the adjacent plenary.



Monday 29th January

11.00-14.00 Registration

14.00- 14.45: Welcome and opening

Dr. Ricardo Piqueras, Dean of the Facultat de Geogrifia i Història, UB

Chair: Saskia Keesstra (Aula Magna)

14.00-14.30: Opening talk by Damià Barceló: The EU Globaqua Project on Multiple Stressors in Rivers under Water Scarcity and Global Change.  A Reconnaissance Study in Selected European River Basins and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus (Aula Magna)

14.30-14.45: Introduction by dr. V. Reddy (USDA-ARS, OECD rapporteur, Aula Magna)

14.45-16.00: Plenary session: Climate change: mitigation and adaptation (CC)

Chair: Saskia Visser (Aula Magna)


1600-16.30: coffee break

16.30-18.15: Parallel sessions connected to CC, FIRE and LD:

Climate session CC1/2: Greenhouse gas removal through carbon sequestration in vegetation and soils (Pete Smith) Organic matter, the key to climate change mitigation? (Heike Knicker)

1 Organic matter, key to climate change mitigation?
Heike Knicker
2 LIFE COOP2020: Pilot for rural smart grids through optimisation of energy use and innovative renewable biomass sources
Sven Kallen, Katherine Franco
Milica Kasanin-Grubin, Srdjan Petrovic Luobin Yan Hua Peng
4 Does the application of microalgal slurries increase soil carbon?
Evan A.N. Marks, Olimpio Montero, Carlos Rad

FIRE 3: Effects of pre- and post-fire management on vegetation recovery (Marcos Francos, Paulo Pereira and Xavier Úbeda).  

1 Wild forest fire regime following urban development in the Mediterranean region
Nadia Ursino
2 Structural Heterogeneity of Vegetation Fire Ash
Anna Brook, Lea Wittenberg Daniella Kopel Maria Polinova Dar Roberts Charles Ichoku Nurit Shtober-Zisu
3 Mapping the impact of a torrential rainfall in soil properties in a wildfire affected area
  Marcos Francos, Paulo Pereira Xavier Ubeda
4 The Wildland Urban Interface for wildlife management in Urban areas
Maria Polinova, Anna Brook, Lea Wittenberg, Haim Kutiel

LD2A: Land degradation and restoration: the State of the Art (Artemi Cerdà, Tani Taguas, Anton Imeson, Franceso Morari) second part on Tuesday 

1 Updating field techniques to assess soil erosion in vineyards: ISUM (Improved Stock Unearthing Method)
2 The interplay between facilitation and habitat type drive spatial vegetation patterns in global drylands
Berdugo, Miguel, Soliveres, Santiago Kéfi, Sonia Maestre, Fernando T.
3 Respective and Shared Contributions of Land Preparation and Vegetation to Soil Ecosystem Services in Longtan Catchment, China
FENG Tianjian, CHEN Liding WEI Wei
4 Effects of different soil managements in vineyards to slope stability
Massimiliano Bordoni, Alberto Vercesi Cristina Ganimede Maria Cristina Reguzzi Emanuele Mazzoni Enrica Capelli Sauro Simoni Claudia Meisina
5 Measuring the kinetic energy of rainfall and the soil particles splash
David Zumr, Martin Neumann Tomás  Laburda Jan Devátý Petr Kavka Josef Krása Martina Sobotková Tomá  Dostál Lisbeth L. Johannsen Nives Balenovic Andreas Klik Peter Strauss, Ondo Fi er Zuzana Chládová
6 Grey and green infrastructure used for flood retention in western Romania

18.15-19.45: LD1: Workshop: Boosting investments in landscape restoration; how to build a pipeline of investable projects (Simon Moolenaar, Erik van der Elsen, Jan de Leeuw)

Description LD1 workshop: Boosting investments in landscape restoration; how to build a pipeline of investable projects? (Aula Magna)


An increase in investment is required to restore all of the world’s degraded lands. The available public funding will not suffice to bring land restoration to the required scale. Yet, increasingly private parties are actively investing in land restoration and significant experience on viable investment options has accumulated. At the same time, in an effort to attract private investors to invest in land restoration the UNCCD developed the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Fund. This LDN fund was launched by the UNCCD Global Mechanism and MIROVA in September 2017 and will finance sustainable land management and land restoration projects worldwide. With an initial capitalization target of $300 million, and more than $100 million already raised, the LDN fund is expected to become operational later in 1Q2018.


This session is organised to promote an exchange of ideas, lessons and experiences and is structured as follows:

First, UNCCD and MIROVA will inform the audience about the LDN Fund.

Next, Commonland, ISRIC World Soil Information and Wageningen Environmental Research (WEnR) will share their experiences with various aspects of ongoing land restoration and investment efforts.

These introductions will then be followed by an open discussion on the challenges and opportunities for investment in land restoration.


  • Simone Quatrini (UNCCD) – Objectives and history of the LDN Fund: how does the science behind land degradation neutrality translate into the LDN Fund?
  • James Rawles (MIROVA) – Future of the LDN Fund: what type of investments are asked for and what criteria will be used to be eligible to apply for the LDN Fund?
  • Simon Moolenaar (Commonland) – Business-driven landscape restoration with 4 returns on investment (return of inspiration and of social, natural & financial capital)
  • Angeles NN, Erik van den Elsen (WEnR) – Lessons learned from CASCADE: tipping points and smart decision making based on dryland restoration research
  • Jan de Leeuw (ISRIC),  with contributions from the other presenters in this workshop – Information needs to support sound land restoration investment decisions

Breakout group discussion and recommendations: challenges and opportunities for developing investable landscape restoration business cases in partnerships

In the last part of this workshop participants will be joining breakout groups in order to brainstorm about constructive advice to the LDN fund: what needs to be done or avoided and what information and expertise should be considered to ensure the successful implementation of the LDN fund? Each breakout group will formulate 3 key points of advice and nominate one representative who will present the advice of the breakout group.

Tuesday 30th January

9.00-10.15: Plenary session: Fire in the earth system, effects and prevention (FIRE)

Chair: Lea Wittenberg (Aula Magna)


 10.15-10.45: Coffee break

10.45-12.30: second plenary session on fire with 5 speakers:

 FIRE1: Fire effects on fluxes in the landscape (Stefan Doerr)

1 Wildfires in Spain in 2017 The rural population, victims and perpetrators
Cristina Santin, Javier Jimenez Virginia Carracedo Juan Picos
2 Lessons learned: Perspectives on recent fire activity in the western North America through the lens of multi-decadal fire science research
Deborah A. Martin
3 Forest fires in Portugal in 2017 – Chronicle of an announced tragedy
António Bento-Gonçalves

12.30-14.30: Lunch Break

14.30-15.45: Plenary session: land degradation and restoration (LD)

Chair: Simon Moolenaar (Aula Magna)


 15.45-16.15: Coffee Break

16.15-18.00: parallel sessions connected to LD, CC and FIRE:

LD2B: Land degradation and restoration: The State of the Art (Artemi Cerdà, Tani Taguas, Anton Imeson, Franceso Morari)

1 Analysis of the spatial variability of the relationships between rainfall, runoff, erosion and sediment yield and synoptic atmospheric patterns around the Mediterranean basin
Dhais Peña Angulom, Peña-Angulo, D., Nadal-Romero, E., González-Hidalgo, J.C., Albaladejo, J., Andreu, V., Bagarello, V., Barhi, H., Batalla, R., Bernal, S., Bienes, R., Campo, J., Campo-Bescós, M.A., Canatario, A., Cantón, Y., Casali, J., Casti
3 Effects of different amounts of olive pruning residues on soil quality indicators in superintensive olive orchards
Encarnacion V. Taguas, Víctor Marín-Moreno M Castillo Amaro Diego Barranco Artemi Cerdá J Antonio Cobacho Alfonso García-Ferrer Luciano Mateos F Javier Mesas Concepción M Díez Rafael Pérez José L Quero
4 Causes, controlling factors and rehabilitation challenges of valley bottom gullies: A review
Selamawit Amare, Saskia Keesstra Eddy Langendoen Martine van der Ploeg Tammo Steenhuis Seifu Admassu Tilahun
5 Is cover crops contribution to soil organic carbon sequestration per se overestimated?
Agata Novara, Antonino Santoro, Jesus Rodrigo Comino, Mario Minacapilli, Artemi Cerda, Luciano Gristina
5 Impact of tillage intensity on clay loam soil structure
  Omar Daraghmeh, Carsten Tilbæk Petersen, Lars Juhl Munkholm, Liubava Znova, Peter Bilson Obour, Søren Kirkegaard Nielsen, Ole Green

 CC3: Impacts of climate change on soils in drylands: recent advances and challenges ahead (Fernando T. Maestre, César Plaza and Carlos García)

1 Aridity decreases soil micronutrient availability in global drylands
Eduardo Moreno Jiménez, Cesar Plaza Hugo Saiz Rebeca Manzano Maren Flagmeier Fernando T Maestre
2 Physical and chemical properties of soils and carbon pools in global drylands
César Plaza, Claudio Zaccone Kasia Sawicka Ana Méndez Ana Tarquis Gabriel Gascó Edward A.G. Schuur Fernando T. Maestre
3 Biotic controls of soil functioning in global drylands under climate change
Fernando T. Maestre
4 The impacts of drought and its adaptations in a semiarid forest ecosystem: a look into the total and active soil microbial communities
Felipe Bastida, José Luis Moreno Manuela Andrés-Abellán Francisco R. López-Serrano Teresa Hernández Nico Jehmlich Carlos García
5 Land use legacy shapes the responses of soil microbial community against drought in a Mediterranean agroecosystem
José Luis Moreno, Carlos Garcia Felipe Bastida
6 Predicting climate change effects on Mediterranean drylands through plant functional traits
Alice Nunes, Melanie Köbel Pedro Pinho Paula Matos Francesco de Bello Otília Correia Cristina Branquinho

FIRE2: Wildfires in urban areas (Anna Brook, Lea Wittenberg) 

1 Land Use-Land Cover interfaces to model wildfire occurrence in Europe. Global and regional data sources for modeling
LARA VILAR, Jesús Garrido M.Pilar Martín
2 Evaluation of erosion risks in burned areas and identification of emergency intervention measures experimental area in 2017 Braga fire affected areas
  António Vieira, António Bento-Gonçalves Gustavo Baptista
3 Valorization of Vegetable Biomass Could it Be a Tool for Prevention of Severe Wildfires?
Ricardo MF da Costa, Maria da Graça Carvalho Jorge MPL Canhoto
  J. Campo, M. Fernandez-Raga, E. Cammeraat, E. Gimeno-García, V. Andreu

18.00-19.30: Poster session with refreshment  

FIre1_1 The erosional and hydrological impact of traditional slash and burn “hormiguero” in the Macizo del Caroig, Eastern Spain
  José Rafael Pérez Borredá, A., Pulido, M., Rodrigo-Comino, J., Keesstra, S.D., Antonio Giménez Morera, Cerdà, A.
FIrE1_2 Comparing transient and steady-state analysis of single-ring infiltrometer data for an abandoned field affected by fire in Eastern Spain
  Simone Di Prima, Laurent Lassabatere, Jesús Rodrigo-Comino, Roberto Marrosu, Manuel Pulido, Xavier Úbeda, Saskia Keesstra, Artemi Cerdà, Mario Pirastru
FIRE3_1 Shrub clearings and extensive livestock: an action of the administration to control the fires in the Mediterranean mountain
MAKKI KHORCHANI, Rebeca Sáenz-Blanco Estela Nadal-Romero Teodoro Lasanta
CC1/2_1 Ungulates effects on soil organic carbon accumulation and bulk density
  Miguel Ibáñez, Antonia Romero-Munar Carles Cardona Jaume Vadell Jordi Bartolome Emanuel Serrano Elena Baraza
CC1/2_2 Carbon sequestration on abandoned crops in Mediterranean humid areas
  Carla Juvinyà, Pere Rovira, Hassan Lotfiparsa
CC3_1 Influence of urban waste biochar on Typic Xerofluvent biochemical properties
Gabriel Gascó, Iria Benavente César Plaza Jorge Paz-Ferreiro Ana Méndez
Vicenç Carabassa, DÍAZ, Elisa FRANCO, Katherine KALLEN, Sven CAMPO, Julián ANDREU, Vicente GIMENO, Eugènia GONZÁLEZ, Francisco VIERA, Gustavo CRESCENZO, Valerio BERTAINA, Fabiano CASTRO, Antonio J. GUTIÉRREZ, Inés KOURKOUMPAS, Dimitrios GRAMMELIS, Panagiotis
CC3_3 Barley crop as affected by warming and altered drought-precipitation events in semiarid agricultural soils amended with biochar
Iria Benavente, Pedro Soler-Rovira Esther López-de-Sa María del Mar Delgado José Valero Martín Raimundo Jiménez-Ballesta Juan Carlos García-Gil César Plaza
CC3_4 Is the microbial community of restored semiarid soils able to confront drought?
Felipe Bastida, José Luis Moreno Teresa Hernández Carlos García
LD2_1 Use of phytoremediation and biochar to remediate the Rio Tinto Area (Spain)
Gabriel Gascó, Eliana Cárdenas María Luisa Álvarez César Plaza Jorge Paz-Ferreiro Ana Méndez
LD2_2 Patch diversity and spatial pattern modulate sediment yield in restored drylands
Valeriia Nazarova, David Fuentes, Sonia Vega, Andrés S. Cases, Diana Turrión, Manuel Ruiz, Juan R. Sánchez, Carme Bladé, Susana Bautista
LD2_3 Beech (Fagus Sylvatica L.) versus Pine (Pinus sylvestris L.). The impact of plants on soil water repellency and infiltration in temperate forest. The Wageningen forest study site.
Saskia Keesstra, Simone di Prima Laurent Lassabatere Jesús Rodrigo-Comino Artemi Cerdà
LD2_4 Hydrological impact of innovative barriers derived from industrial vegetal residues for control hillslope erosion: COMMERCIAL EROSION CONTROL BARRIERS (CECBs)
Enrique Albert-Belda, Agustín Bermejo Encarnación V. Taguas
LD2_5 Effects of previous soil humidity on sediment production in a semi-arid catchment – Brazil
Helba Araújo de Queiroz Palácio, Julio César Neves dos Santos Eunice Maia de Andrade Jacques Carvalho Ribeiro Filho Marcos Makêison Moreira de Sousa
LD2_6 Wadi dynamics in the Souss region, South Morocco
Jesús Rodrigo-Comino, Mario Kirchhoff K. Daniel Peter A. Ait Hssaine Johannes B. Ries
LD2_7 Terraces and rainwater harvesting design criteria: a review focused on application to sloping orchards
Víctor Marín Moreno, Luciano Mateos Encarnación Taguas
LD2_8 Finding soil quality indicators by Principal Component Analysis at the pedon scale. A study case in one semiarid catchment of Northeast Iran
Jesús Rodrigo-Comino, Ali Keshavarzi Ali Bagherzadeh Eric C. Brevik
LD2_9 Experimental evaluation of the effect of the protective technical measures against rill erosion
Petr Kavka, David Zumr Tomá  Laburda Martin Neumann
LD2_10 Measuring splash erosion initiated by simulated rainfall
Martin Neumann, David Zumr Tomá  Laburda Jan Devátý Petr Kavka Josef Krása Tomá  Dostál Andreas Klik
LD2_11 Determination of organic carbon and chemical oxygen demand in water of Syr Darya River in Kazakhstan
Saltanat Yegemova, Jesús Rodrigo Comino Abdulla Saparov Jilili Abuduwaili
LD2_12 Straw hidric properties and use as mulch to control soil and water losses. A large rainfall simulation approach
  Cerdà, A.
LD2_13 Testing differents infiltration devices in vineyards
  Javier León, Artemì Cerdà
LD2_14 Testing infiltration measurements under different devices
  Javier León, Artemì Cerdà

 Wednesday 31st January

9.00-10.15: Plenary session: Nature based solutions (NBS)

Chair: Fernando Meastre (Aula Magna)


10.15-10.45: Coffee break

10.45-12.30 Parallel sessions connected to LD and NSB:

LD3: Modelling erosion by water (Panos Panagos)

1 Revision of currently used of values of Cover and Management factor C (USLE) using experimental methods
Tomas Dostal, Josef Krasa David Zumr Ludek Strouhal Martin Mistr Ivan Novotny Vaclav Brant
2 Pinpointing areas of increased surface erosion following land cover changes using RUSLE modelling and sediment fingerprinting: a case study of the Lake Manyara basin, Tanzania
Maarten Wynants, William Blake
3 The Daily Erosion Project: Potential application in Europe
Richard Cruse, Brian Gelder Eduardo Luquin Javier Casalí Miguel Á. Campo-Bescós
4 Using RUSLE2 in order select Riparian Buffer
Margarita Roldán Soriano
5 The Pan-European Soil Erosion Risk Assessment, the PESERA model.
Brian J. Irvine, Mike Kirkby Luuk Fleskens Hedwig van Delden

NBS1: Nature-based solutions for environmental, social and economic challenges (Zahra Kalanthari, Carla S.S. Ferreira, David C. Finger, Saskia Keesstra)

1 Nature-based solutions to control soil erosion need farmer’s incentives and education to be applied
Cerdà, A., Rodrigo-Comino, J., Giménez-Morera, A., Novara, A., Pulido, M., Kapović-Solomun, M., Keesstra, S.D.
2 Modelling and upscaling sustainable land management and water harvesting practices in arid and semi-arid environments.
Brian Irvine, Mike Kirkby, Luuk Fleskens
3 Plant cover management can fully protect soil from erosion in avocado orchards
Mayra E. Gavito, Jean Arnaud García Brulé Yair Merlin-Uribe Laura Villamil-Echeverri Marta Astier Eloy Pat López Juan Tenopala Carmona
4 Ecomed Project, Ecoengineering and Soil and water Bioengineering in the Mediterranean area
Paola Sangalli, Guillermo Tardío Albert Sorolla
5 City deal on valuing green and water in cities: integration of the multiple benefits of nature-based solutions in urban planning
Sandra Boekhold, Roy Remme

ECO3: A biophysical and socio-economic approach to the fate of the Terroir (Jesús Rodrigo Comino; Serge Delrot; Gregory V. Jones; Stefanos Koundouras, Agata Novara)

1 Ranking under-stock-weeding-machines for sloping vineyards by a bundle of measurement methods
Alexander-André Remke, Jesus Rodrigo-Comino Matthias Porten Johannes B. Ries
Jesús Rogrido Comino
3 Non-tillage improves the quality of the soil in a vineyard under Mediterranean conditions.
Elena Baraza, Sebastia Capó-Bauçà Natalia Llopis-Vidal Alicia Marquès-Prieto Josefina Bota
4 Effects of soil management on runoff and erosion response to rainfall events of sloping vineyards in the Monferrato area (NW Italy)
Marcella Biddoccu, Giorgia Bagagiolo Danilo Rabino Eugenio Cavallo

12.30-14.30 Lunch Break 

14.30-15.45: Plenary session: Ecosystem services and Health (ECO)

Chair: David Robinson (Aula Magna)


15.45-16.15: Coffee Break

16.15-18.00: Parallel sessions connected to ECO, LD and SP:

NBS2: Connectivity in hydrology and sediment dynamics: concepts, measuring, modelling, indices and societal implications (Saskia Keesstra, Stefano Crema, Marco Cavalli)

1 The interrelation between ecological and eco-hydrological connectivity indexes demonstrates the relevance of different processes and feedbacks across scales and disciplines.
Nadia Ursino
2 SedInConnect: a free tool for a usable sediment connectivity index
Stefano Crema, Lorenzo Marchi Marco Cavalli
3 Integrating sediment connectivity into the assessment of landslides susceptibility for road network
Massimiliano Bordoni, Maria Giuseppina Persichillo Marco Cavalli Stefano Crema Claudia Meisina Carlotta Bartelletti Yuri Galanti Michele Barsanti Roberto Giannecchini Giacomo D’Amato Avanzi
4 A null model for assessing the independent effects of plant cover and bare-soil connectivity on dryland functioning
Susana Bautista, Francisco Rodríguez Angeles G. Mayor
5 Reducing peri-urban flood hazard using a holistic catchment approach to reduce hydrological connectivity
Carla Ferreira, Rory Walsh, Lenka Slavikova, Paulo Pereira, António Ferreira
6 Woody debris jams to prevent stream bed erosion in a semi-natural brook system
  Roel Dijksma, Gonzalo Campuzano Izquierdo, Monique Korsten


 ECO1: Mapping for soil sustainable management (Paulo Pereira, Anna Brook, Igor Bogunovic, Juan Mart-Murillo, Sebastiano Trevisani)

1 Lithuanian National Ecosystem Services Assessment and Mapping (LINESAM)
Paulo Pereira, Ieva Misiune Katarzyna Miksa
2 Digital soil mapping and uncertainty propagation of available water capacity for metropolitan France
Mercedes Roman Dobarco, Nicolas P.A. Saby Hocine Bourennane Isabelle Cousin Dominique Arrouays Manuel P. Martin
3 Contributing to healthy landscapes by sustainable land use planning. A vision for restoring the degraded landscape of the Centre Region of Portugal
Selma Beatriz Pena, Manuela Raposo Magalhães (Magalhães, M.R.) Maria Manuela Abreu (Abreu, M.M.)
4 Hyper-spectral mapping of soil and vegetation conditions along semi-arid to arid climatic gradient
Maxim Shoshany
Anna Brook, Maria Polinova Daniella Kopel Lea Wittenberg Dar Roberts Nurit Shtober-Zisud
6 Mapping environmental variables for a sustainable management of soil using intercrops; an interdisciplinary student project as study case
Vandoorne B, Lejoyeux C, Baumann G, Vernier L, and Rolloy M.


ECO2: Grazing as a management tool to build cultural landscapes (Manuel Pulido, Miguel Cortés Tamayo, Ali El-Keblawy and Tobias Plieninger) 

1 Evaluating the impacts of grazing and climate change on the structure and functioning of global drylands: the BIODESERT global survey
Fernando T. Maestre
2 Feral goat in Balearic Islands: an ecological or social problem?
Elena Baraza, Oriol Domenech, Jordi Bartolome Joan Rita
3 LIFE REGENERATE: Revitalizing multifunctional Mediterranean agrosilvopastoral systems using dynamic and profitable operational practices
Sven Kallen,Katherine Franco Priya Devasirvatham
4 Grazing systems in the world: differences and similarities
  Manuel Pulido
5 A Deductive Remote Sensing Approach for the Assessment of Grassland Carrying Capacity with an Application in the Mountain Grasslands of Azerbaijan
  Jan de Leeuw, Afag Rizayeva, Elmaddin Namazov, Jonathan Etzold and Regina Neudert

LD5: Restoration and rehabilitation of degraded lands in arid and semi-arid ecosystems  (Miriam Muñoz-Rojas, Paloma Hueso-Gonzalez, Estela Nadal Romero, Noemi Lana Renault)

1 Water repellency and heavy metal mobility and speciation in coal ash reclaimed hydrophobic technogenic soils (Technosols)
Irena Atanassova
2 Local and global implications of ecosystem restoration in degraded arid farmland
Stefan Leu
3 Catchment hydrology and soil degradation following farmland abandonment A comparison between different land management scenarios
Noemí Lana-Renault, M. López-Vicente E. Nadal-Romero R. Ojanguren J.A. Llorente P. Errea D. Regüés P. Ruiz-Flaño M. Khorchani J. Arnaez N. Pascual
4 Strengthening community resilience to soil erosion challenges in northern Tanzania: an interdisciplinary approach
Maarten Wynants, William H. Blake Anna Rabinovich Claire Kelly Mona Nasseri Aloyce Patrick David Gilvear Linus Munishi Kelvin Mtei Neil Roberts Geoff Wilson Patrick Ndakidemi
5 Evaluating past reforestations success in semi-arid Mediterranean areas now and under a climate change scenario
  Alice Nunes, Melanie Köbel Adriana Príncipe André Vizinho Helena Serrano Cristina Soares Pedro Pinho Cristina Branquinho

18.00-19.30: Poster session with refreshments 

LD3_1 Soil and water conservation in a rainfed vineyard: effectiveness of common sainfoin cover crop
Manuel López-Vicente, Sara Álvarez Nahed Ben-Salem
ECO1_1 Mapping Green and Blue Infrastructures using digital globe images in Vilnius city
Paulo Pereira, Paloma Hueso-González Ricardo Remond Juan F. Martínez-Murillo
ECO1_2 Sampling density and soil phosphorus mapping on various field scales. What this means for farmers?
Igor Bogunovic, Paulo Pereira Sebastiano Trevisani
ECO1_3 A review of soil geography origins
Jesús Rodrigo-Comino, José María Senciales Artemi Cerdà Eric C. Brevik
ECO1_4 Soil erosion in vineyards over the world. A review.
  Jesús Rodrigo-Comino
ECO1_5 Mapping physical and chemical parameters in a complex agricultural system: implications for soil budgets at field and catchment scales
Manuel López-Vicente, Sara Álvarez
NBS1_1 Challenges and Advances in Urban Green Infrastructure and Nature Based Solutions: potentials of soil bioengineering techniques
Pia Minixhofer, Rosemarie Stangl
NBS1_2 Soil management under grapevines for reducing plague impact and soil erosion while enhancing sustainability
Jesús Rodrigo-Comino, Manuel Seeger Cord Treseler Sören Thiele-Bruhn
NBS1_3 The superior effect of nature based solutions in land management for enhancing ecosystem services
Saskia Keesstra, Joao Pedro Nunes Agata Novara David Finger David Avelar Zahra Kalanthari Artemi Cerdà
NBS1_4 Poll-Ole-GI SUDOE project: the creation of floral islands to promote pollination in sunflower fields
  Evan A.N. Marks1 José A. González2, José P. Sousa3, Silvia Castro3, Violeta Hevia2, Joana Alves3, Antonio Silva3, Henrique A. Pereira3, Lucie Mota3, Nuno Capela3, Carlos Rad1
NBS1_5 Evaluation of subsurface drip irrigation mats manufactured with recyclable cellulose from meat industry
  Alaitz Aldaz, Rafael Giménez, Miguel Angel Campo
LD5_1 Restoring dryland vegetation patches: the role of diversity and patch size
Sonia Vega, Andrés S. Cases Valeriia Nazarova Carme Bladé Diana Turrión Manuel Ruiz Susana Bautista
Raimundo Jiménez Ballesta
LD5_3 Soil and Water Conservation Measures on Watershed Dynamics: A Review
Asmare Wubet Afework, Saskia D. Keesstra Artemi Cerda
LD5_4 Using the litter in the revival of a degradated soil in seasonally tropical dry forest (SDTF)
Eunice Maia Andrade, Eveline Viana Salgado Lindbergue Araujo Crisostomo
LD5_5 Goats eradication as a previous tool needed for biodiversity restoration of Mediterranean islets.
Miquel Capó, Joana Cursach Elena Baraza Jordi Bartolomé Juan Rita
NBS2_1 A framework for using connectivity to measure and model water and sediment fluxes
Saskia Keesstra, Joao Pedro Nunes Patricia Saco Tony Parsons Ronald Poeppl Paulo Pereira Agata Novara Jesús Rodrigo Comino Artemi Cerdà
NBS2_2 Combining the Improved Stock Unearthing Method and Structure-from-Motion for connectivity assessment and soil erosion in sloping vineyards
Jesús Rodrigo-Comino, Alexander Remke Artemi Cerdà Johannes B. Ries
NBS2_3 Sediment connectivity and fan formation processes in glacial and periglacial regions: the Ala Archa Valley in Tian Shan (Kyrgyzstan)
Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva, Andrea Omlin, Stefano Crema, Marco Cavalli, Sergey Aleksandrovich Erokhin, Vitalii Viktorovich Zaginaev, Markus Stoffel
NBS2_4 Dynamics of nutrients input output in a reservoir of the tropical semi-arid
Eunice Maia Andrade, Kássia Crislayne Duarte Ferreira Fernando Bezerra Lopes
NBS2_5 Suspended sediment and dissolved solids concentrations and loads in small agricultural watersheds in Navarre (Spain)
Daniel Merchán, Eduardo Luquin Iker Hernández-García Miguel Ángel Campo-Bescós Rafael Giménez Javier Casalí Jokin Del Valle de Lersundi
NBS2_6 Contribution of Soil Tillage Translocation to Soil Erosion in Vineyard
Luciano Gristina, Antonino Santoro Agata Novara
NBS2_7 Catchment model approach for the assessment of the fate of pesticides in sediments and surface waters fluxes
ECO3_1 Terroir and Human Health: Connecting People to Soil
Eric C. Brevik, Jesús Rodrigo Comino Artemi Cerdà
ECO3_2 Tractor impacts on soil compaction in a vineyard located in Croatia
Jesus Rodrigo Comino, Igor Bogunovic Paulo Pereira Ivica Kisic Marta Birkas
ECO3_3 Soil erosion as environmental concern in vineyards. The case study of Celler del Roure, Eastern Spain, by means of rainfall simulation experiments
  Cerdà, A., Rodrigo-Comino, J., Giménez-Morera, A., Novara, A., Pulido, M., Brevik, E., Keesstra, S.D.
ECO2_1 Delineation of land units in livestock farms of SW Spain designed for management purposes
  JESÚS BARRENA GONZÁLEZ, Joaquín Francisco Lavado Contador Álvaro Gómez Gutiérrez Alberto Alfonso Torreño Manuel Pulido
ECO2_2 Firebreaks as a natural attraction for feral goats in fire prevention
  Javier Pareja, Jordi Bartolomé Emanuel Serrano Elena Baraza
ECO2_3 The use of design thinking based on climate change and carbon sequestration
  Gabriel Gascó, Ana Tarquis Antonio Saa Ana Méndez
ECO2_4 Formal vs. non-formal environmental education for climate change adaptation
  Cristina Halbac-Cotoara-Zamfir

Thursday 1st of February


Plenary session: Water resources: quality and quantity (WR), chair: Yolanda Pico (Aula Magna)


10.15-10.45: Coffee break

10.45-12.30: Parallel sessions connected to WR, NSB, ECO and SP:

WR1: Analysis and Fate of Contaminants in Water, Soil and Plants. (Damia Barceló and Yolanda Pico)

1 Consumption reduction over sanitation upgrades to mitigate pharmaceuticals impact on global freshwaters
Francesco Bregoli, Vicenç Acuña Damià Barceló Lluis Corominas Antoni Ginebreda Mira Petrovic Ignaci Rodríguez-Roda Sergi Sabater Rafael Marcé
2 Degradation of two herbicides on a sandy loam soil: Effect of the temperature and the organic amendments
Jesús M. Marín-Benito, María José Carpio Jesús M. Marín-Benito María Jesús Sánchez-Martín María Sonia Rodríguez-Cruz
3 Isolation of rhizobacteria from agricultural soils contaminated with pesticides in the Meknes Region, Morocco
Mohamed MALDANI, Fatima Zahra ALIYAT, Laila NASSIRI, Jamal IBIJBIJEN
4 Accumulation and metabolism of ibuprofen by the annual herbaceous legume Vigna unguiculata
Yolanda Picó, Rodrigo Alvarez-Ruiz Leonard Wijaya Ahmed H. Alfarhan Mohammed Alyemeni Damià Barceló

NBS3: Drones, Internet of Things, and Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring (Manuel López Vicente, Miguel Quemada)

  Oral presentations (room 205)
1 Multispectral UAV Imagery Automatic Registration
Jordi Salvador Bernadí, Felipe Lumbreras Angel Sappa
2 Irrigation optimization under limited water supply by integration modern approaches in traditional water management on the cotton fields
Anna Brook, Maria Polinova Keren Salinas Antonello Bonfante
4 Coupling residue and water spectral indices to improve crop residue cover estimation from satellite images
MIGUEL QUEMADA, William D Hively Craig S.T. Daughtry Brian T. Lamb Jacob Shermeyer
Dr Astley Hastings, Prof Gail Taylor Prof Pete Smith Prof John Clifton-Brown
6 LIFE LASER FENCE: Laser systems for the prevention of food chain poisoning and minimization of chemical exposure to the environment
Sven Kallen, Katherine Franco Priya Devasirvatham Santiago Martínez
7 Monitoring soil surface by close-range photogrammetry in multiple scales
  Josef Krasa, Petr Kavka David Zumr Tomas Dostal


SP2: Sustainable Development Goals and Soil policy and practical implementation (Margot de Cleen, Co Molenaar)

  Introduction (aim and context)
1 Sustainable Development Goals: realizing transitions by sustainable land restoration, land use and management
  Co Molenaar and Margot de Cleen
2 Natural Capital Accounting of Soils for the U.N. System of Environmental Economic Accounts
David A. Robinson, Bridget Emmett Panos Panagos Pasquale Borrelli Arwyn Jones Luca Montanarella Carl G. Obst
3 Can a glass of wine transpose in practice SDGs ?
Ettore CAPRI, Valentino Fiamma Lucrezia Lamastra
4 Soil Information in the Indicator Framework for Sustainable Development Goal 15.3.1
Jan de Leeuw, Van den Bosch, Rik Batjes, Niels Kempen, Bas
Workshop Searching for the narrative!”

How to connect sustainable use and restoration of soil and land to SDGs? What building blocks do you take home to draw up your narrative.

·       What is your story?

·       Where and with whom do you start your quest?

·       Do you know who can act as your super charger or your hero?

·       What soil and land knowledge do you need for the “knock out” in discussions?

We supply cases with some examples; you give your insights and idea’s. Together we make them work.

·       Case Green infrastructure; how to use the land around our infrastructure to contribute to the sustainable energy? Or do you choose other options to contribute to SDGs?

·       Case Farmers for water; how to sustainably manage your soil and contribute to good groundwater quality?

·      Case Unseal your court; how how to seduce citizens in “greening” their garden by taking out the tiles and thus contribute

12.30-14.30: Lunch Break 


Plenary session: Science interface: with policy and public (SP), chair: Co Moolenaar (Sala Gran)


15.45-16.15: Coffee Break

16.15-18.00 Parallel sessions connected to WR, SP and FIRE:

WR2: Data-mining and methods for modeling and assessing state and fate of soil water (Ioannis Daliakopoulos, Konstantinos Andreadis, Yannis Markonis, Aristeidis Koutroulis)

  Oral presentations (room 205)
1 Trees shifting from competition to facilitation due to apparent climatic change
Aristides Moustakas, Tim G. Benton
2 Soil Moisture Variability as a Driver of Vegetation Dynamics in the Mediterranean Rangelands
Ioannis N. Daliakopoulos
3 Discharge estimations of historical floods in the Almanzora basin, southeastern Iberian Peninsula
Carlos Sánchez-García, Lothar Schulte
4 Tall trees safeguard biodiversity under climatic changes: assessing the effect of tree size, soil moisture, and vegetation density on tree survival
  Aristides Moustakas, Tim G. Benton

SP1: Policy actions to implement the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management and prevent and minimize soil contamination (Lucrezia Caon, Luca Montanarella, Ronald Vargas)

Description SP1 (room 206)
Panel discussion on the voluntary guidelines for sustainable soil management


– Ing. N.J. Molenaar (Co), Ministry of Infrastructure and Water management, the Netherlands

– dr. Astley Hastings, University of Aberdeen, UK

– Anton Imeson, 3D Environmental Change


 SP3:  Stakeholder demands and perspectives in sustainable development 

 (Sandra Boekhold, Linda Maring, Maaike Blauw)

Welcome by Linda Maring
1 The 4 per mille initiative is promoting the implementation of sustainable development goals through science-policy-practice interactions
Pete Smith Rumpel, Cornelia, Farshad Amiraslani Claire Chenu Magali Garcia Cardenas Martin Kaonga Lydie-Stella Koutika Jagdish Ladha Beata Madari Yasuhito Shirato Brahim Soudi Jean-François Soussana David Whitehead Lini Wollenberg
2 INSPIRATION European Strategic research agenda for soil and land management
Sandra Boekhold, Linda Maring, Stephan Bartke, Detlef Grimski
3 Knowledge Impulse for Dutch Delta Approach for Water Quality and Fresh Water
Hilde F. Passier
4 Informal urban agriculture as a permanent and transitory land use for a landscape planning strategy
Maria Inês Adagói, Selma Beatriz Pena
5 Regional planning strategies involving the soil water system
Maaike Blauw, Linda Maring
Discussion (30 min)

stakeholder interaction / government arrangement.

We use here some statements for discussion (provided by the speakers)

FIRE 4: Workshop on Fire by Pau Costa (Sala Gran)

DESCRIPTION FIRE 4: Workshop on knowledge transfer from scientists and practitioners to children and youth.
The current climate change context is forcing the co-existence of society with natural hazards. Scientists and practitioners have advocated this message for years, but is society ready for it? More effective communication between scientists, practitioners and society is needed to better understand values, climate change mitigation and protection of human lives and assets. Finding the right means and channels to transfer the scientific and technical knowledge to the population is currently an important challenge.

The workshop will focus on the current communication gaps and potential solutions to transfer knowledge on natural hazard risks to society and more specifically to children and youth. Participants of the workshop will share experiences and discuss on different case studies on wildfire-related topics: forest fire risk, safety and fire ecology. The workshop is addresses to a range of profiles: scientists, practitioners, educators, journalists, etc.

18.00-19.30: Poster session with refreshments

NBS3_1 Can drone footage be of help in hydrological analyses? A case from the Mara River Wetland in Tanzania.
Paolo Paron, Francesco Bregoli
NBS3_2 The UARSF of Wageningen UR: applications and projects
Saskia Keesstra, Lammert Kooistra Sander Muecher Harm Bartholomeus Jappe Franke Henk Janssen
NBS3_3 Influence of DEM source  LiDAR and photogrammetry and resolution on computing topographic parameters in contrasted croplands
Manuel López-Vicente, Sara Álvarez
NBS3_4 A method for monitoring and measuring soil loss with a UAV (Unmanned aerial vehicle)
  Antonio Minervino Amodio, Pietro P. C. Aucelli, Carmen M. Rosskopf
WR1_1 Laboratory study of the dissipation mechanism and kinetics of prosulfocarb in unamended and organically amended soils
Victor Barba, Jesús M. Marín-Benito Carlos García-Delgado José M. Ordax María J. Sánchez-Martín M. Sonia Rodríguez-Cruz
WR1_2 Emerging pollutants in sewage sludge
Rodrigo Alvarez Ruiz, Alejandro Cuñat Yolanda Picó
SP3_1 No till durum wheat yield success probability in Mediterranean climate: a methodological framework
Luciano Gristina, Saskia Keesstra, Agata Novara
SP3_2 Oat straw mulch to control soil erosion in agriculture Mediterranean rainfed agriculture land. An economic, perception and biophysical approach
  Giménez-Morera, A., Cerdà, A., Rodrigo-Comino, J., Novara, A., Pulido, M., Brevik, E., Keesstra, S.D.
SP2_1 Land Degradation Neutrality and Restoration, how can we achieve that?
  Saskia Keesstra, Gerben Mol Joop Okx Co Molenaar Margot de Cleen Simon Moolenaar Saskia Visser
SP2_2 The Soil; the engine behind the realisation of the SDGs
  Saskia Visser, Saskia Keesstra, Jan de Leeuw, Gerben Mol, en Erik van den Elsen
SP4_1 Online Homework and Student Grades: Impact in an Introduction to Physical Geology Class
  Eric C. Brevik
SP4_2 Degrees Received by Undergraduate Soil Science Students in the United States
  Eric C. Brevik
SP4_3 Education in Environmental sciences
  Roel Dijksma, Bertrand Vandoorne
WR2_1 Impacts of climate change on water and sediment production in a semi-arid microwatershed
  Helba Araújo de Queiroz Palácio, José Ribeiro de Araújo Neto Pedro Henrique Augusto Medeiros Maria João Simas Guerreiro Matheus Magalhães Silva Moura
WR2_2 DRIP: Development of an Advanced Precision Drip Irrigation System for Tree Crops
  Ioanna Petousi, Ioanna Petousi Ioannis N. Daliakopoulos Theofilos Matsoukas Nikolaos Zotos Ioannis Mavrogiannis Thrassyvoulos Manios
WR2_3 Unraveling the net effect of human induced climate change to the evolution of soil water resources.
  Aristeidis G. Koutroulis, Manolis G. Grillakis
WR2_4 Estimating Soil Moisture Content with means of Earth Observation and Artificial Neural Networks
  Dimitrios Alexakis ; Ioannis Daliakopoulos

 2nd of February (morning)


Closing keynote by Antoni Ginebreda: Chemical Pollution in Mediterranean Iberian River Basins: Ecotoxiological risk Assessment and effects on aquatic ecosystems.

After the keynote we will have a panel discussion on how to connect science to society on environmental risk with a debate on way ahead for 2018

Panel discussion

Panel consisting of experts on:

Water, Climate, Agriculture, Soils and Ecosystems


Questions will be posed to discuss under the guidance of a facilitator