Insect Communities

Restoration Ecology in Lille

Last week Robert visited ISA Lille, a French Graduate School in Agriculture and Bioengineering. The whole Monday he gave lectures to master students of the Sustainable Management of Pollution programme. He introduced the importance of various post-industrial sites for biodiversity of (mainly) insects and other arthropods, and by presenting numerous case studies, he demonstrated the main principles of their restoration respecting biodiversity protection. On Tuesday he accompanied students visiting two successful restoration projects of a sandpit and a park strongly polluted by heavy metals. In the afternoon he visited the study areas where Bertrand Pourrout and other ISA researchers are looking for an effective way of restoration of large polluted areas. The visit was short but pleasant, and hopefully it will lead to a longer term collaboration.