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08: How resilient to disturbances are ecosystem services?

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In 1973, C.S. Holling introduced the concept of resilience in ecology. He described resilience as the persistence of natural systems against perturbations introduced by natural or anthropogenic factors. Today, the capacity of ecosystems to respond to a disturbance and to recover quickly is the most common definition of resilience. Perturbations can be caused by natural disasters like floodings, storms, fires, or pest invasions, or human disturbances such as deforestation, introduction of non-native species, and agrochemicals. If the perturbations are of a significant nature, the ecosystem may be forced into a new state in which different processes and factors predominate from before. The resilience of an ecosystem is determined by several factors, like hydrology, soil fertility and stability, climate, and biodiversity of plants, animals and microbes. This seminar explores the advantages and disadvantages of biodiversity for resilience, mainly focussing on terrestrial ecosystems.


Deputy Director General, ICIMOD - International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu Chair

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17:00 - 17:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2018Plenary
17:30 - 18:30Opening speechPlenary
19:30 - 21:00Presentation of the seminarsPlenary


Seminar 01: The EU and its eastern and southern neighbours: resilience as a strategic prioritySeminar
Seminar 02: Digital transformation: Opportunities, risks, sustainability and resilienceSeminar
Seminar 03: Gender dynamics in changing societiesSeminar
Seminar 04: Imminent climate shocks - Resilience and diversity in climate changeSeminar
Seminar 05: Resilience and development policySeminar
Seminar 06: Precision medicine and its impact on societySeminar
Seminar 07: Minority politics in a comparative perspectiveSeminar
Seminar 08: How resilient to disturbances are ecosystem services?Seminar
Seminar 09: Economic shocksSeminar
Seminar 10: The unknown world of microbiomes: from the environment to the humansSeminar
Seminar 11: European Security - Moving towards resilience?Seminar
Seminar 12: Urban resilience to environmental challengesSeminar
Seminar 13: Mission to Mars - Education for changeSeminar
Seminar 14: Linguistic diversity: A resource for individual and communal resilienceSeminar
Seminar 15: Artificial intelligence and EthicsSeminar
Seminar 16: Microbiome diversity vs. microbiological controlSeminar
Seminar 17: Our work in our futureSeminar
Seminar 18: Reproductive RightsSeminar
Seminar 19: What can religions contribute to social justice?Seminar
Seminar 20: Spoken word poetry: The power of languageSeminar
Seminar 21: Why is it called a play?Seminar
Seminar 22: European Citizenship - Attitudes and Skills for a Democratic Youth CultureSeminar
Seminar 23: Warrior of the Heart - DojoSeminar
Seminar 24: European Neighbourhood Policy PhD Summer SchoolSeminar


19:00 - 20:00Global Muckraking: A guest lecture on investigative journalismPlenary


19:00 - 21:00ReceptionSocial