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International Symposium: Future of Butterflies in Europe

The next international symposium on Future of Butterflies in Europe will be held in Wageningen, the Netherlands, from the 2nd of April to April 4th 2020.

Provide a future for butterflies and moths

Butterflies and moths are declining seriously in most countries across Europe, and action is needed urgently at all levels, from local to European, in order to secure their survival. As charismatic species, indicators of biodiversity and providers of ecosystem functions and services, the conservation of butterflies and moths cover a broad spectrum of the conservation agenda.

With an ever-growing community of scientists and practitioners in the field of Lepidoptera conservation, we feel that this symposium will offer a perfect occasion to meet again and set new priorities in providing a future for butterflies and moths in Europe!

History

The second congress, in 2008, witnessed the emergence of butterfly conservation in a European perspective, with butterflies as one of the leading groups of species targeted in conservation as well as in EU policy - and with increasing attention for the role of moths.

The third congress, in 2012, brought together a full-grown community of scientists, conservation practitioners and volunteers working on a broad range of Lepidoptera. The meeting highlighted growing insights on the impacts of climate change, land use and nitrogen deposition, as well as the novel issue of influences of artificial light on moths.

Future 4 Butterflies in Europe is the fourth symposium on this theme. The first one was held in 1989, marking the start of a period of fruitful research, new insights on butterfly ecology and distribution, and the rise of a broad awareness of butterflies as indicators and tools in nature conservation.

The next international symposium on Future of Butterflies in Europe will be held in Wageningen, the Netherlands, from the 2nd of April to April 4th 2020.