IGU Conference on Land Use/Cover Changes

11.09 - 15.09.2017  
Bucharest, Romania

The IGU Thematic Conference on Land Use/Cover Changes, Biodiversity, Health and Enironment, and Local and Regional Development will be held 11‐15 September 2017 in Bucharest and Tulcea, Romania.

The conference is organised by the Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy, and Faculty of Geography, University of Bucharest.


Connecting land use and biodiversity is essential to understand the relationships between ecosystems and socio‐economic systems, ecosystem services, and the potential risks and benefits to regional specialization and human welfare. Such topic calls for investigations on how human activities and global environmental changes affect terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, human well‐being and public health, what are the
feedback and the potential local and regional futures. In this context, the rationale of the conference is to bring together scientists and stakeholders from various connecting fields to address different effects of ecosystems changes, to set‐up mitigation and adaptation strategies and contribute with scientific information to local/regional land use, planning and environmental policies.

Main Themes

Land Use/Cover Change and Land Degradation
Impacts of Land Use/Cover Changes on Biodiversity Loss
Causes and Consequences of Land Use/Cover changes
Biodiversity Conservation and Management
Extreme Weather Events, Socio‐Territorial Vulnerabilities and Impacts on Public Health
Environmental Changes and Human Health: Impacts and Inequalities
Distribution of Health Resources, Access to Health Care and Spatial Justice
Local Resources and Regional Specialization
Local and Regional Development: socio‐economic disparities
Spatial Development and Territorial Cohesion
Cross‐border Cooperation and Neighbourhood Policies
Governance and Policies in Planning, Land use and Biodiversity


10 September – arrival of participants
11 September – Opening Ceremony and Plenary Session (Bucharest, Romanian Academy); departure to Tulcea
12 September – parallel sessions in Tulcea
13 September – one day boat trip to the Danube Delta
14 September – field trip to Dobrogea Region and Black Sea Coast (Tulcea – Măcin – Babadag – Jurilovca – Constaţa) – Bucharest
15 September – departure of participants

Scientific Committee

Prof. Yukio Himiyama (Hokkaido University of Education; President of the IGU)
Prof. RB Singh (University of Delhi; Vice‐President of the IGU)
Prof. Jerzy Banski (Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences; Chair of Local and Regional Development Commission)
Prof. Matej Gabrovec (Anton Melik Geographical Institute, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts; Chair of Land Use/Cover Change Commission)
Dr. Suraj Mal (University of Delhi; Chair of Biogeography and Biodiversity Commission)
Prof. Thomas Krafft (Maastricht University; Co‐chair of the Health and the Environment Commission)
Prof. Paula Santana (Coimbra University, Co‐chair of the Health and the Environment Commission)
Prof. Dan Bălteanu (Head of the Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy)
Prof. Michael Sofer (Bar Illan University, Ramat‐Gan; Honorary Member of the of Local and Regional Development Commission)
Prof. Ivan Bicik (Charles University, Prague)
Prof. Udo Schickhoff (University of Hamburg; Vice‐Chair of Biogeography and Biodiversity Commission)
Prof. Benjamin Ofori Amoah (Western Michigan University; Vice‐Chair of Local and Regional Development Commission)
Dr. Monica Dumitraşcu (Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy)
Prof. Liliana Dumitrache (University of Bucharest)
Dr. Ines Grigorescu (Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy)

Organizing Committee

Dr. Monica Dumitraşcu
Dr. Ines Grigorescu
Prof. Liliana Dumitrache
Dr. Bianca Mitrică
Dr. Gheorghe Kucsicsa
Dr. Nicoleta Damian

Venue and Accommodation

Accommodation – Hotel Delta, Tulcea: Tulcea is a city located in the south‐eastern part of Romania, Dobrogea Region, lying at the entrance of Danube Delta. The town dates back to the Dacian period when was known as Aegyssus. Consequently, it was under Byzantine (5th – 7th century), Genoese (10th – 13th century) and Ottoman rule before finally being reunited with Romania in 1878. It has a population of 73,707 inhabitants
(2011). The economic activity is tightly connected with its harbour and three distinct sectors (industrial, commercial and ocean fishing) and touristic activities. The main touristic landmarks include: Danube Delta Museum, historical monuments, and ethno‐folkloric elements such as the characteristic Delta settlements. Tulcea also hosts the Authority of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, as well as an important research institute – Danube Delta‐National Institute for Research and Development.


Submission of Abstract: 28 February 2017
Notification of Abstracts Acceptance: 1 April 2017
Registration: 1 April – 1 June 2017
Conference Dates: 11-15 September 2017


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