ECOLOGICAL STATIONS AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION
Learning outcomes of the course unit
to present aspects of the restoration ecology with emphasis on the floodplain of the Po River floodplain.
to apply the main ecological concepts in the restoartion planning
to develop a capacity of planning and designing the ecological restoarion of a given environment, with emphasis on sand quarries in the Po river floodplain
to develop the capacity of analysing and reporting on a given study case and to defend it in a workshop
Course contents summary
Ecological theories and concepts as a support for restoration ecology.
Focus: wetlands and riparian ecotones. Ecological restoration of floodplain habitats, riparian wetlands and quarry lakes. Ecological design criteria and major targets: pollution control, buffer strips, stream corridors, habitat for biodiversity preservation. Basic concepts of ecological engineering.
Regional and local standards, technical guidelines and operational tools for planning and designing the recovery of quarry lakes in the floodplain of the Po river.
The European Water Framework Directive (WFD)
Students are requested to participate in a workshop with a short oral presentation with the support of power point or similar tools. The presentation must deal with a restoration case, considering ecological references, objectives, technical tools, environmental effects, alternatives and a preliminary cost-benefit analysis. All students must participate and interact with the speaker with questions and comments (at least one question per student per presentation).
One-day visit in the wetland system of the park of the Oglio river and in the quarry area of Polesine Parmense (floodplain of the Po River)
Williamson et al., 2003. Restoring habitats of high conservation value after quarrying. Univ. Bangor (http://www.bangor.ac.uk/ies/life/life.htm)
National Research Council, 2002. Riparian Areas. Functions and strategies for management. National Academic Press, Washington, USA.
FISRWG, 2001. Stream corridor restoration. Biologia Ambientale 15: 1-382
Muzzi E. & Rossi G., 2003. Il recupero e la riqualificazione ambientale delle cave in Emilia-Romagna. Regione Emilia-Romagna, Bologna.
Newbold et al., 1992. Conservazione della natura e ingegneria fluviale. Biologia Ambientale 2/92.
Autorità di bacino del Fiume Magra, 1998. Elementi di progettazione ambientale dei lavori fluviali. Biologia Ambientale 2/98.
Marchetti R., 1993. problematiche ecologiche del sistema idrografico Padano. Acqua & Aria, 6-7, Luglio-Agosto 1993
Water framework directive 2000/60/EC (WFD), http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/water/
Power point presentations submitted by students
Lecturing (2 credits)
Student workshop (1 credit) : oral presentation of 10 minutes with 10 slides followed by 10 minutes of discussion. The teacher acts as a chairman.
Minimum 18/30, maximum 30/30
Workshop presentation (50%)
Analysis of a paper dealing with restoration ecology (50%)