Nace El Observatorio del Besòs: un proyecto de seguimiento de la calidad de los sistemas fluviales de la cuenca

La Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) a través del Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA-UAB), y el Consorci Besòs Tordera evaluarán el estado de calidad a largo plazo de la cuenca del Besòs gracias a la creación de la Observatorio del Besòs.

Shift in large-scale Atlantic circulation causes lower-oxygen water to invade Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Gulf of St. Lawrence has warmed and lost oxygen faster than almost anywhere else in the global oceans.

Climate Change Modifies the Composition of Reefs

Corals devastated by climate change are being replaced naturally by other species such as gorgonians, which are less efficient in acting as a carbon sink.

ICTA-UAB launches the first master’s Degree in “Political Ecology. Degrowth and Environmental Justice”

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) launches the master’s Degree in “Political Ecology.

Pioneering study analyses the effects of forests on human health

A group of volunteers have participated in an experimental study conducted by the ICTA-UAB to analyse the potential health benefits of forests.

Marine Litter on Mediterranean Beaches Triples in Summer

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) analyses and quantifies the waste generated by tourists in eight islands of the Mediterranean as part of the European BLUEISLANDS project.

Mapping the Urban Vitality of Barcelona

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Agricultural intensification not a “blueprint” for sustainable development

Social and ecological results of increased agricultural intensification are not as positive as expected.

Green urban planning must consider social equity criteria

Cities that do not include social equity criteria into their political strategies to make their urban environment greener and more ecological will not achieve long-term sustainability and risk creating green enclaves only for the social elite.

The ICTA-UAB alerts of a new invasive Asian beetle pest in Catalonia that kills mulberry trees

A study by researcher of the ICTA-UAB and the Department of Agriculture Víctor Sarto i Monteys has identified in the province of Barcelona the presence of a species from Asia that could spread through Europe.

More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers addressed environmental challenges at a symposium, especially those arising from global and...

The Institut of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) organized its 1st Spring Symposium with the aim of addressing some of the main environmental and sustainability challenges.

Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

A new study by ICTA-UAB analyzes the impacts on lifestyles of substituting fossil fuels for cleaner energies.

Are Farmers Who Belong to Local User Associations Better Adapted to Climate Change?

Droughts, floods and high temperatures derived from climate change are not the only threats that farmers with irrigated crops must face.

Climate Change Threatens World's Largest Seagrass Carbon Stores

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Amazon's indigenous people hunt animals feeding in areas contaminated by oil spills

A study by the ICTA-UAB and the UAB Department of Animal Health and Anatomy demonstrates that the main species hunted by the indigenous popoulations of the Peruvian Amazon ingest water and soil contaminated with hidrocarbons and heavy metals.

The new Planttes app warns of allergy risks in different urban areas

The Planttes application is a citizen science project which aims to encourage people to identify and locate on a map the existence of allergy-causing plants and indicate their phenological state.

New Project to Link Extreme Weather Events, Atmospheric Biodiversity and Human Health

A new ICTA-UAB project led by researcher Jordina Belmonte will study the effects of extreme meteorological events on the biological biodiversity present in the atmosphere in order to predict changes in the environment and possible affectations on human health.

ICTA-UAB’s success: five ERC grants in two years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded five European Research Council (ERC) grants in two years, which is about ten per cent of all ERC grants arriving in Catalonia over the period from the end of 2015 to the end of 2017.

New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

The new ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide' it is at your disposal now. With this document, we aim to help you discover the basics of the PhD programme, ICTA-UAB’s structure, etc.
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Roser Maneja attends UNESCO’s workshop to define the Geneva Action Plan

Date: 2018-04-10

Geneva Lake Workshop


ICTA-UAB researcher Roser Maneja, from the Conservation, Biodiversity and Global Change group attended the Geneva Lake Workshop, organized in Lausanne (Switzerland) by UNESCO. Roser Maneja was invited as representative of the International Centre for the Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves, one of the UNESCO Category 2 Centers (C2Cs). The workshop developed the discussions held in Geneva during the Conference ‘Mobilizing UNESCO Chairs in the Natural Sciences for Policy Action towards the 2030 Agenda’ (5-7 July 2017) and on the ‘Geneva Milestone’ outcome document endorsed on that occasion.

The Workshop aimed at fostering joint reflections and identifying the most pertinent actions needed in order to put in practice the ‘Geneva Milestone’ recommendations, elaborate a follow-up strategy that reflects the needs and perspectives of both UNESCO and its network of Chairs, and promote stronger collaborations with, and ownership of, the latter on the whole follow-up process.

The Workshop was also be the occasion to build the UNESCO Chairs’ capacities on how to communicate science and all activities linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda to the general public / international organizations / Members States, via presentations by communication experts from their project partners’ institutions. 

The Workshop contributed to ensure the finalization of the Geneva Action Plan and to identify, in collaboration with selected representatives of the UNESCO Chairs, UNITWIN Networks and C2Cs in the Natural Sciences, one priority action for each area of intervention, to be considered as first, concrete steps for the implementation of the Geneva Action Plan. 

The second result of the workshop is the validation of a project proposal aiming to develop a Communication and Outreach Platform, whose objective would be to support UNESCO scientific networks, including UNESCO Chairs, UNITWIN Networks and C2Cs related to the Natural Sciences Sector, to better network and communicate their academic and scientific expertise for the implementation of the SDGs.

The priorities identified in the framework of the finalization of the Geneva Action Plan, including the will to develop a Communication and Outreach Platform, will contribute to a stronger cooperation within the UNESCO Science Family and to a reinforced contribution to the 2030 Agenda.

 The Geneva Action Plan will be shared for consultation and validation internally, as well as with the project partners and with all participants to the Geneva Lake Workshop. Once validated, the document will be shared with all UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in the Natural Sciences for feedbacks, as well as with the UNESCO Education Sector and with all Focal Points dedicated to the UNESCO Chairs in the Natural Sciences Sector.

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