SER2016 – Best Practice in Restoration

The ERMOND group took part in the SER Europe conference that was held in Freising, Germany August 22-25, 2016. Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) organizes biennial world conferences on restoration and the European section of SER hold European conferences on alternative years. In 2016 it was held in Freising, Germany on 22.-25th of august, gathering about 300 participants.
Participants from the ERMOND group were: Anna María Ágústsdóttir, Guðmundur Halldórsson and Kristín Svavarsdóttir from the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland. Anne Tolvanen LUKE Finland, Ása L. Aradóttir AUI Iceland, Christer Nilsson UU Sweden, David Finger RU Iceland, Karsten Raulund-Rasmussen and Jonas Morsing UC Denmark. Book of abstracts can be found here.

The ERMOND group held two meetings to organize presentation of the results of the ERMOND project that will conclude in early 2017.


The ERMOND group organized a well-attended SER workshop:

Ecological restoration for disaster risk management


Guðmundur Halldórsson opened the workshop and introduced the ERMOND project, then Kristín Svavarsdóttir gave a short summary of the ERMOND  workshop held in Oslo, Norway in December 2015, “The risk of ignoring biodiversity when restoring for ecosystem services”, in which participants discussed and highlighted the need of a holistic view in ecological restoration actions to assure that biodiversity is enhanced but not lost when using restoration to mitigate natural hazards. After these introductions, Christer Nilsson moderated the workshop discussions.

ERMOND presentations at SER2016

At SER2016 there were 8 presentations and 1 poster related to the ERMOND project:

  • Anna Maria Agustsdottir, Anne Bau, Guðmundur Halldórsson and Ása L. Aradóttir. Ermond-Grógos: Experimental setup estimating the effect of volcanic ash deposition on restored birch woodland vegetation, Hekluskógar, Iceland
  • Asa L. Aradottir. Colonization of woodland species during restoration – safe site or propagule limitation?
  • Karsten Raulund-Rasmussen, Anders Taeroe, Johannes H.C. de Koning, and J. Bo Larsen. Forest restoration for increased resilience against windthrows.
  • Jonas Morsing, Alexia Lopez Rodriguez, Karsten Raulund-Rasmussen. How to accelerate the recovery of stream-near vegetation after intensive forest management cessation?
  • Jonas Morsing, Karsten Raulund-Rasmussen, Kaj Sand-Jensen, Lars Baastrup-Spohr, Christian Gamborg, J. Bo Larsen. Ecological restoration of the upper stream Øle Å, Bornholm, Denmark
  • Kristín Svavarsdóttir and Ása L. Aradóttir. Ecological restoration on eroded land beyond biotic and abiotic thresholds: an experimental case study.
  • Asa L. Aradottir and Gudmundur Halldorsson. Ecological restoration in Iceland.
  • Kristín Svavarsdóttir, Menja von Schmalensee, Asa L. Aradottir, Anne Bau, Róbert A. Stefánsson. A comparison of two eradication methods to control Lupinus nootkatensis spread in Iceland.
  • David Finger, Þórunn Pétursdóttir, Guðmundur Halldórsson. Enhancing the resilience of water resources through land restoration in Rangárvellir, Iceland – an overview of
    the HydroResilience project.

The poster by Jonas Morsing on ecological restoration of the upper stream Øle Å, Bornholm, Denmark, received an award at the closing ceremony as the best poster at the SER2016.


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The next European SER conference

will be held in Reykjavík, Iceland in 9-13 September 2018 and will be hosted by the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland, Agricultural University of Iceland and the United Nations University Land Restoration Training Programme.