EcoSummit 2024
Eco-Civilization for a Sustainable and Desirable Future

14-19 December 2024 | Zhengzhou, China

The 7th International EcoSummit Congress - EcoSummit 2024 - will take place at Zhengzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center, Henan, China, 14-19 December 2024.

We are living in the Anthropocene Era when almost 80% of our potentially usable Biogeosphere has been converted by humans, usually without understanding the consequences of our actions, through modification of the structure of its ecosystems and, most importantly, the key ecological processes that developed gradually through the Earth’s history as shaped by first by evolution and then ecological succession. Eco-civilization and sustainability can only be assured with an ecological understanding of the complex interactions among environmental, economic, political, and social/cultural dimensions and with careful planning and management grounded in ecological principles.

This conference series was founded in 1996 in Copenhagen, as a forum for scientists, practitioners, and policymakers 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 EcoSummit 2016 hosting 1400 participants from 87 countries in Montpellier, France and EcoSummit 2023 hosting 700 participants from 59 countries in the Gold Coast, Australia.

EcoSummit 2024 will highlight terrestrial ecosystems, including mountain, water, forest, farm, lake, grassland and urban ecosystems crucial for various habitats in watersheds. The event will cover integrated aspects of all ecological science and its application under the general theme of “Eco-Civilization for a Sustainable and Desirable Future”. The emphasis will be placed on fostering socio-economic and ecological resilience across all scales – from local to regional, and global scales, aiming for sustainable prosperity and wellbeing. Special attention will be given to vulnerable systems at higher risk from climate change and human impact, including arid and semi-arid lands. The Summit is expected to produce a declaration encompassing its vision and offering policy recommendations.

Topics covered will include, but are not limited to:

Terrestrial Ecological System

  • Mountain ecosystem
  • Watershed ecology and society
  • Forest ecosystem, conservation, and sustainable use
  • Sustainable agriculture and farming
  • Lake restoration and rehabilitation
  • Grassland conservation and sustainable use

Ecology and Biodiversity 

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

Policy and Governance

  • Climate adaptation and mitigation
  • Climate change and carbon neutrality
  • Eco-health and public health (diseases)
  • Environmental policies and frameworks
  • Fragile ecosystems and hotspot management
  • Eco-civilization and sustainable development
  • Biophysical planetary boundaries and health
  • Anthropogenic pressure and ecological resilience
  • Citizen Science and local actors (NGOs)
  • Ecological economics
  • Ecosystem services
  • Ecotourism
  • Industrial ecology
  • Innovative technology for ecological sustainability 

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  • Junguo LiuNorth China University of Water Resources and Electric Power, China
  • Ida Kubiszewski, Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London, UK
  • Robert CostanzaInstitute for Global Prosperity, University College London, UK
  • B. Larry LiUniversity of California, Riverside, USA

Plenary speakers
  • Fahu Chen, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS, China
  • John Day, Louisiana State University, USA
  • Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute, USA
  • Anastassia Makarieva, Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, RAS, Russia
  • Stuart Pimm, Duke University, USA
  • Johan Rockström, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany
  • David Sloan Wilson, Binghamton University, State University of New York, USA
  • Natalie StoecklUniversity of Tasmania, Australia
  • Jingnan WangChinese Academy of Environmental Planning, MEE, China
  • Yongguan Zhu, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS, China