CCF Summer Symposium - Connect 2017: Connect Locally, Nationally and Globally

Symposium Proceedings


During the 18th and 19th of July we had this year’s CCF Summer Symposium with 20 presentations on Connectivity Conservation and a mini-workshop on how to re-connect the Fens possibly with the establishment of a biosphere reserve. The symposium was, as usual, held at the David Attenborough Building which is one of the World's biggest Conservation hubs. As an activity of CCF’s connectivity conservation work group we attracted a very enthusiastic and diverse group of over 50 researchers, grad students, practitioners and other stakeholders not only from Cambridge but from other places in the UK and across the world.

We divided presentations into 3 sessions to try to capture different types of ongoing research, tools and actions needed to implement connectivity conservation projects:

Session 1: Approaches to connectivity research

Session 2: Assessing and monitoring connectivity

Session 3: Implementation of connectivity conservation: challenges, policies, funding opportunities.

As any conservation project or program, there are many challenges that we have to face: from proper experimental design to answer your question to the tools, programs and analysis needed to crunch data to finally be made available to policy makers and the general public.

We also had a very interesting mini-workshop on the proposal of a biosphere reserve to help connect the Fens in the Cambridgeshire area. We should hear more about this soon!

We have received some very nice feedback and I personally think the symposium was a big success. Not only did we have some very interesting talks which show-cased research, methods, challenges and much more that we have to address to effectively implement connectivity conservation as well as other conservation projects. Networking was also an important outcome along with further collaborations. We hope to hear about these new collaborations soon!

I have uploaded in Dropbox all presentations with the exception of Santiago Saura's opening one as he presented some unpublished data that will soon be available in more ground-breaking papers. Needless to say that Gary Tabor's presentation from the Centre for Large Landscape Conservation and chair of IUCN’s Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group was very inspiring and considered one of the best by participants.

Hopefully you will be able to download all presentations or choose some by following this link:

Many thanks to Gary and IUCN for supporting the event!

All the best