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Genal River Stakeholder Workshop uses IPBES Nature Futures Framework to Envision a Future for the River

The DRYvER project held its first local stakeholders workshop in the Genal River (Spain), operationalizing the IPBES Nature Futures Framework to develop pathways for a sustainable future for the river, in light of three perspectives: nature for nature, people, and culture. Called "Genal River Research and Climate Change", 25 residents of the Genal Valley participated in the workshop to explore their perceptions of the river and how they relate to it. The session was also dedicated to identifying wishes for the future of the entire Genal Valley. During the workshop, participants from different sectors, including industry as well as private citizens, did an excursion to the sampling sites of the Genal River to learn how to sample biodiversity.

Financed by the European Union Horizon 2020 project, DRYvER (Securing biodiversity, functional integrity and ecosystem services in DRYing riVER networks) consists of multidisciplinary teams of 25 experts from 11 countries in Europe, South America, China and the USA, building on EU efforts to investigate how climate change has cascading impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services of DRNs (drying river networks). DRYvER aims to collect, analyse and model data from nine drying river networks (DRN) in Europe and South America to create a novel global meta-system approach that incorporates hydrology, socio-economics, ecology and biogeochemistry in order to craft strategies, tools and recommendations for adaptive management of river networks.

DRYvER also seeks to expand previous IPBES assessment reports (Methodological assessment report on scenarios and models of biodiversity and ecosystem services; Thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration; EU and Central Asia Regional assessment) by including river networks facing climate change. It also aims to provide inputs to more recent thematic assessment on sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity, and the upcoming thematic assessment on invasive alien species and their control.
Global assessment (1st work programme), Scenarios and models assessment, Europe and Central Asia assessment, Land degradation and restoration assessment
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