Summer School Delta 2014: International Summer School "Plant and Fish Biodiversity in the Danube Delta"
Within the frame of the CASEE network, the International Summer School “Plant and Fish Biodiversity in Danube Delta” was organized by the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca (USAMV Cluj-Napoca) from 5.-17.07.2014.
Students from BOKU, USAMV Cluj-Napoca, the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS) and Banat’s University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Timișoara (USAMVB) are participating this event.
After the welcome and the introduction by the Vice Rector of USAMV Cluj-Napoca Andrei D. Mihalca, the students were introduced to different topics by experts in the field (fish diversity: Daniel Cocan (USAMV), fish migration: Andreas Zitek (BOKU), grassland biodiversity: Corina Cătană (USAMV),biodiversity concepts, patterns and measurement:
Radu Constantinescu (USAMV),forests: Florian Borlea (USAMV), invertebrates: Vladimír Vrabec (CULS), birdlife: Attila Sándor (USAMV).
During the field trip to the St. George arm of the Danube Delta, the students have the possibility to directly experience the rich biodiversity, and to better understand the theoretical principles behind the analysis and interpretation of biodiversity patterns, also taking into account the needs of local communities depending on the productivity and health of the Danube Delta ecosystem.
Different scenarios of the potential development of the Danube Delta are discussed including possibilities to support the populations of the endangered sturgeon species of the Danube, e.g. by building fish passes at the Iron Gates I and II. Finally potential future joint activities within the CASEE network of universities are explored, and will strengthen the existing good relations between BOKU and the other CASEE partners. Since many years, successful collaboration exists especially between USAMV Cluj-Napoca and BOKU.
Details about the summer school:
University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca (USAMV Cluj-Napoca)
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Wien (BOKU)Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS)
Banat’s University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Timișoara (USAMVB)
International Summer School “Plant and Fish Biodiversity in Danube Delta”
The ICA Regional Network for Central and South Eastern Europe http://www.ica-europe.info/casee/
Association for European Life Science Universities: http://www.ica-europe.inf