EcoSummit 2024
Building a sustainable and desirable future:
Adapting to a changing land and sea-scape

15-19 December 2024 | Zhengzhou, China

The 7th International EcoSummit Congress - EcoSummit 2024 - will take place at Zhengzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center, Henan, China, 15-19 December 2024.

Read the EcoSummit 2023 Conference Declaration: Building a Sustainable Wellbeing Future

This conference series was founded in 1996 in Copenhagen, as a forum for scientists, practitioners, and policy-makers working across disciplines to solve the integrated environmental, social, and economic problems facing the world today. Since 1996, EcoSummits have occurred around the world (Canada, China, USA and Europe), with the latest edition taking place in Gold Coast, Australia.

EcoSummit 2024 will have a focus on coastal and marine ecosystems including adjacent terrestrial ecosystems and all habitats that are integrated within those ecosystems, including river networks, wetlands and catchments. We expect all aspects of environmental modelling, engineering, science, and policy to be covered under the focus of climate adaptation and the need for developing socio-economic and environmental resilience and sustainable prosperity around the world.  Further focus will be placed on fragile systems that are more likely to suffer the consequences of climate change and anthropogenic pressure such as islands, coastal communities and arid landscapes.

In the current context of an increasing world population, in particular in coastal regions, it is evident that building sustainable cities and using resources sustainably is inevitable. It is envisaged that the Summit will produce a declaration encompassing its vision and policy recommendations.

Topics covered will include, but are not limited to:

Coastal Systems      

  • Coastal conservation
  • Coastal development and engineering
  • Coastal marine habitats
  • Rivers, catchments and wetlands

Ecology and Biodiversity 

  • Biodiversity and biological conservation
  • Biological invasions
  • Disturbance ecology
  • Ecological complexity
  • Ecological indicators
  • Ecological modeling
  • Ecosystem creation and restoration
  • Ecosystem health
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Scaling from genomes to ecosystems

Marine Ecosystems/ Acquatic Environments 

  • Coral reef stressors
  • Deep-sea as new frontier 
  • Fisheries and aquacultures
  • Marine ecology
  • Oceanography
  • Sea level rise and ocean warming

Policies and Governance/Science and Policy  

  • Climate adaptation and mitigation
  • Climate change and carbon neutrality
  • Eco-health and public health (diseases)
  • Environmental policies and frameworks
  • Fragile ecosystems and hotspot management
  • Pacific Island Resilience
  • Sustainability and resilience

Socio-economics    

  • Aboriginal rights and land use
  • Anthropogenic pressure
  • Citizen Science and local actors (NGOs)
  • Ecological economics
  • Ecosystem services
  • Ecotourism
  • Innovative technology for ecological sustainability 
  • Integrating socio-economics and ecology

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Committee

Chairs

  • Robert CostanzaInstitute for Global Prosperity, University College London, UK
  • Ida Kubiszewski, Australian National University, Australia
  • B. Larry LiUniversity of California, Riverside, USA
  • Junguo LiuNorth China University of Water Resources and Electric Power | Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Scientific Committee