26 Sept 2023: Our partner Collectivité européenne d’Alsace presents the Woerr site to local councillors and stakeholders
The mayor of Lauterbourg and several municipal councillors visited the Woerr site accompanied by the technical services of the CeA to discover or rediscover this natural area. They were informed of the preservation and renaturation actions carried out by CeA and ONF as well as the specific actions of Emys reintroduction program.
The follow-up and research work carried out by the partners was presented and an emphasis was placed on the new approaches developed by the EMYS-R program, which make this site a real life-size research center.
This event also permitted to mobilize these local stakeholders for forthcoing sociological surveys led by WP4 partners.
19 Sept 2023: LIve show of Emys-R pluridisciplinarity for 132 engineer-students on Woerr
PhD candidates Kari-Anne van der Zon and Johannes Meka and PIs Isabelle Combroux and Corinne Grac presented Emys-R to 132 engineer-students from Ecole Nationale du Génie de l’Eau et de l’Environnement de Strasbourg discovering EmysR project and wetland restoration on Woerr
17 Sept 2023: Emys-R highlighted during the Heritage Day, Munschhausen, France
PhD candidate Kari-Anne van de Zon, Master student Zoé André and Dr Corinne Grac have been representating the Emys-R project during the French national public event Heritage Day – Journée du Patrimoine, at the Center for Introduction to Nature and the Environment, CINE, Munschhausen, France.
12-19 August 2023: ARTE TV team on the Neu Woerr study site!
Reporter Suzanne Roser and her crew will visit the Neu Woerr (DE+FR) study site for shooting a reportage dedicated to Emys-R!
5 July 2023: Second release of the year in Neuburg am Rhein in presence of Federal State Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate for Environment – Katrin Eder
A second release was organised by NABU and SeaLife Speyer in presence of local primary school children, Katrin Eder – Federal State Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate for Environment with Peter Sound, and major stakeholders Fritz Brechtel and Uwe Meissner – Landkreiss Germersheim, Herrmann Knauss – Mayor of Neuburg am Rhein, Kathrin Theissinger and Jean-Yves Georges – representatives of the Emys-R Consortium, and major media coverage! (read more here!)
18 June 2023: Massive public attendance for the Emys release in Neuburg am Rhein
Up to 70 people inhabiting Neuburg am Rhein, including the Major Hermann Knauss and from surrounding villages attended the release of 50 Emys organised by Wiebke Pasligh from NABU with active supports from our PhD candidates Patrycja Romaniuk for the sociological survey and Johannes Meka for the following Emys monitoring.
Johannes Meka presenting the Emys (part1)
Johannes Meka presenting the Emys (part2)
9 June 2023: Emys-R on air – podcast Society, wetlands, turtles and biodiversity | Civitas on Air & EMYS-R
Listen to the interview (about 30′) of our Project leader Dr Jean-Yves Georges led by our colleague Dr Krzysztof Kasianiuk in anticipation of the 2nd Annual Consortium Meeting held in Collegium Civitas, Warsaw, Poland.
Listen on YouTube channel
3 June 2023: Emys-R at « Les Entretiens de la Biodiversité » at Parc de Sainte-Croix, Rhodes, France
Drs Benoît Quintard and Jean-Yves Georges participated to a public round table about species reintroductions, with a focus on Emys at a public event animated by Patrice Costa, Grand Reporter, guesting Yves Paccalet, organised at Parc de Sainte-Croix.
Read the reportage by Hervé Boggio & Olivier Simon here
Watch the event below (YouTube link)
17 May 2023: Emys-R as a key actor in monitoring the invasive calico crayfish on German SWR TV
A major reportage about the situation of the calico crayfish in the Upper Rhine Valley, starring Dr Kathrin Theissinger who leads the monitoring of this invasive species on the DE+FR study site as part of Jeanne Bosson’s Master project.
See reportage here (YouTube)
12 May 2023: Webinar for Zhytomyr Ivan Franko State University by Dr Oleksii Marushchak
12 May 2023: Emys-R onboard of the « Hausboot auf dem Rhein » on German ARD Mediathek
In their journey between Speyer (where the German Emys are grown) and Strasbourg, Annette Krause and her crew make a break on the Woerr site for visiting Kathrin Theissinger and Jean-Yves Georges during their test of TOTITAGS prototypes.
See the reportage at 18′ (and even more exciting at 20’…) here
5 April 2023: Emys-R and calico monitoring highlighted on German TV SWR3
In this reportage, our Project Manager Dr PD Kathrin Theissinger highlights the relevance of understanding the mechanisms of biological invasions by the exotic invasive calico crayfish for better assessing their impacts on native ecosystems and implications for adaptive management of wetlands for the reintroduction of the European pond turtle Emys and ForNature.
See the reportage by Pascal Kiss at 22’11 here
30 March 2023: Field visit of German TV SWR3 preparing a 26′ reportage on calico crayfish
German TV SWR3 came back in the French-German study site to meet our Project manager Dr PD Kathrin Theissinger leading the monitoring the calico crayfish population and the impacts on native ecosystems and species on the French-German study area (watch the teaser here).
12 December 2022: Emys-R highlighted in DE TV Nano Programm, The struggle for diversity
« The state of our nature affects us all – and it is bad » says Ingolf Baur, reporter at ARD Alpha TV. « Biodiversity is decreasing dramatically despite all efforts. Over one million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction. »
In this reportage, Kathrin Theissinger highlights the relevance of species reintroduction as a strategy for preventing loss of native biodiversity also facing speeding biological invasions such as the invasive calico crayfish.
Within Emys-R, calico crayfish is studied by Jeanne Bosson
See Emys-focused reportage at 21’20 here
18 January 2023: Emys-R and the release of the 500th Emys as one of the 3 major environmentally-relevant events in Alsace in 2022!
In its special issue « Toute l’Alsace » of the New Year, the Conseil européen d’Alsace (CeA, partner of the Project), highlights Emys-centered actions as one of the three major events in favour of biodiversity in Alsace. The newspaper was delivered for free in every post box of the ~2 millions inhabitants of Alsace, from the most southern Saint-Louis, Mulhouse (where the Emys captive facilities stand) to the most northern Lauterbourg (where Emys were reintroduced).
Let say its a kind of public communication act!
Read more here
15 January 2023: Emys-R highlighted in local Est Républicain press release!
Emys-R is spreading out!… and is highlighted as part of the major 2022 events in the Région Grand Est (to which Alsace belongs, as do Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne).
Read more here
7 December 2022: TEASER of the forthcoming TV SWR reportage on the invasive calico crayfish
Get prepared! Kathrin Theissinger will set the German TV SWR on fire, explaining the impacts of calico crayfish on native ecosystems and species and associated risks for the reintroduction of the Emys on the French-German study area (watch the teaser here)
12 octobre 2022: Emys-R celebrates Fête de la Science in Strasbourg
During two public conferences held at the library of the Cronenbourg district, where IPHC is located Jean-Yves Georges explains to public at large why wetlands and biodiversity do matter and how science contributes to better protect them (read 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)
Ringing the last release event out of seven in total since 2013, the Collectivité Européenne d’Alsace has released its 500th Emys, thus reaching its goal for the reintroduction of the species in Alsace. This event is timely since it provides the most complete database for assessing the success of such conservtion initiative over almost 10 years, while permitting massive public outreach with local schools.
14 September 2022: Emys-R highlighted on local radio Top Music
10 May 2022: Emys-R is on LinkedIn!
At the closure of the kick-off meeting, the entire Consortium visited the study sites of Neuburg am Rhein (DE) and Woerr (FR) where few turtles were released by representatives of our Partners from all fields (scientists, land managers, decision makers), academic disciplines (humanity sciences, social sciences, natural sciences, veterinary sciences) and countries (DE, FR, LV, PL and Ukraine) as team bounding and large public outreach in front of numerous media microphones and cameras.
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).
Jean-Yves Georges, IPHC, FR
Kathrin Theissinger, SGN, DE