Emys-R

A socio-ecological evaluation of wetlands restoration in favour of the European pond turtle Emys reintroduction and associated biodiversity: a pan-European approach

Emys-R is a 3-year participatory action-oriented research project aiming at defining the most effective, socially supported, ecologial methods to restore wetlands in favour of the European pond turtle reintroduction, and associated biodiversity throughout Europe

Emys-R is a 3-year participatory action-oriented research project aiming at defining the most effective, socially supported, ecologial methods to restore wetlands in favour of the European pond turtle reintroduction, and associated biodiversity throughout Europe.

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Latest News

12 October 2022: Emys-R celebrates the Fête de la Science in Strasbourg

Two public conferences held at the library of the Cronenbourg district, where IPHC is located (link to the announcement)

27 September 2022: Emys-R highlighted in a dedicated press release by Senckenberg

Back in the wetlands: The European pond turtle receives support from the research project Emys-R (link to the press release)

17-23 September 2022: field session completed in DE+FR

After the 7th DE+FR field week has been completed comes the time for lab work, data analyses and publication writing!

17 September 2022: Emys-R highlighted in local press DNA

An article by Alexandre Rol (link to the article)

17 September 2022: Emys-R highlighted in local press Républicain Lorrain

An article by Stéphanie Paquet (link to the article)

16 September 2022: Calico crayfish in the focus of TV SWR3 forthcoming long reportage

The calico crayfish is studied by Emys-R as an example of biological invasions that potentially threatens the success of reintroduction projects.

16 September 2022: Emys-R highlighted on TV France 3 Région for the release of the 500th Emys on Woerr site, FR

A reportage by Nadine Ly (see the reportage).

16 September 2022: Release of the 500th Emys on the Woerr site, FR

The initial goal of Collectivité Européenne d’Alsace, Project partner, for releasing 500 captive bred Emys in the restored Woerr site, FR, has been reached! Local schoolchildren attended the event and contributed to an original survey of public perception of nature conservation actions.

14 September 2022: Emys-R highlighted on local radio Top Music

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12-16 September 2022: Massive eDNA sampling field session on DE+FR sites

eDNA (for environmental DNA) is a cost-efficient powerful method for exhaustively assessing species occurence and diversity in any matrix. eDNA is used mainly in WP1 and WP2 to evaulate the degree of recovery of restored ponds (see Kari-Anne van der Zon PhD project), to reconstruct the foodweb centered around the reintroduced Emys (see Johannes Meka PhD project) but also to identify potential pathways of Emys between release sites (see Iris Schmidt project). eDNA approach is led by Dr Kathrin Theissinger.

Latest Publications

van der Zon et al. (2022) Macrophyte habitat structure and biodiversity patterns in conservation pond networks. International Conference ADREE-GHZH-SNPN-NaturAgora, The ponds, a built natural heritage, a neglected cultural heritage. Integrating the geohistorical and territorial dimensions into the contemporary management of small water places, Laon (Aisne), France, 20-22 October 2022 — TALK

Georges et al. (2022) Emys-R: a socio-ecological assessment of wetland restoration for the reintroduction of the European pond turtle and associated biodiversity: a pan-European approach. International Conference ADREE-GHZH-SNPN-NaturAgora, The ponds, a built natural heritage, a neglected cultural heritage. Integrating the geohistorical and territorial dimensions into the contemporary management of small water places, Laon (Aisne), France, 20-22 October 2022 — TALK

Quintard B, Razafindralay L, Theissinger K, Georges JY (2022) Reintroducing Emys orbicularis: From a regional initiative to a pan-European transdisciplinary program. 22nd EAZA Conference, Algarve, Portugal, 27 Sept-1 Oct 2022 — TALK (see the talk)

van der Zon et al. (2022) Man-made pond networks for wetland biodiversity. 37th Annual Meeting of the German Society for Limnology, Konstanz Germany, 19-23 Sept 2022 — TALK (see the talk)

Meinard et al. (2022) A heuristic for innovative invasive species management actions and strategies. Ecology and Sociology (accepted 22 Aug 2022).

Georges et al. (2022) When reintroduction turns to invasion: a fable about turtles and crayfish. 23rd Symposium of the International Association of Astacology, Hluboka nad Vltavou, Czech Republic, 20-26 June 2022 (read the abstract – see the talk)

Romaniuk P (2022) Multi-stakeholder governance of European wetlands – networks as learning organizations. 17th SWS Europe Chapter Meeting – Connecting wetlands functioning and biodiversity towards nature-based solutions. Arles, France, 13-16 June 2022 – TALK (see the talk)

Nekrasova et al. (2022) Range expansion of the alien red-eared slider Trachemys scripta (Thunberg in Schoepff, 1792) (Reptilia, Testudines) in Eastern Europe, with special reference to Latvia and Ukraine. BioInvasions Records 11(1): 287–295 (pdf)

Emys-R is funded through the 2020-2021 Biodiversa & Water JPI joint call for research proposals, under the BiodivRestore ERA-Net COFUND programme, and with the funding organisations Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR, France), Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF, Germany), State Education Development Agency (VIAA, Latvia), and National Science Center (NSC, Poland).