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From 20th to 22nd July 2005, the International Meeting on Phytodepuration has been celebrated in the Cultural House. It has gathered more than 150 attendants. Differents types of depuration with plants have been investigated through more than 26 communications and 14 posters, having an special interest on the Filters with Macrophytes on Flotation, of which prototypes have been researched by Life-Environment in Lorca.

The inauguration was taken place on 20th July appearing the Mayor of Lorca, Miguel Navarro, the President of Hydrographic Confederation of the Segura, José Salvador Fuentes Zorita, the Manager of Fundación Global Nature, Eduardo de Miguel and the Head of Deparment of Vegetal Productions of the School of Agricultural Engineering of Madrid, Jesús Fernández. During 20th and 21st July, there were differents communications and discussions about caracteristics, methods, aplications and problems of Phytodepuration. A visit to two of the Floating Macrophytes Filters at the pig farm GAMUR and at the township of Coy was on 22nd July.


International Meeting on PHYTODEPURATION

Programme outline

Tuesday, 19 July 2005: Reception and registration

Wednesday, 20 July 2005

8:30 a.m

Reception and registration

10:00 a.m

Opening session


Minister of Environment of Spain
Regional Minister of Environment of Murcia
Mayor of Lorca

Wastewater treatment in natural wetlands

10:30 a.m.

Plenary session

11:30 a.m. Technical sessions and poster display
1:30 p.m. Lunch

Wastewater treatment in constructed wetlands: Aquatic macrophyte surface flow
4:30 p.m. Plenary session
5:15 p.m. Technical sessions and poster display
7:30 p.m. End of session
8:00 p.m. Guided tour of Lorca historical sites
Thursday, 21 July 2005

Aquatic macrophyte systems of subsurface-flow

9:00 a.m.

Plenary session

9:45 a.m. Technical sessions and poster display
1:30 p.m. Lunch

Systems of floating macrophytes
4:30 p.m. Plenary session
5:15 p.m. Technical sessions and poster display
6:30 p.m. Debate
7:30 p.m. End of meeting
Friday, 22 July 2005

Field trip

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Visit to macrophyte filters built in Lorca municipality within the framework of this LIFE project



Complete Program

Call for papers

Oral and poster presentations are welcome.

The submission deadline for abstracts is 15 February 2005.

The due date for manuscripts of accepted contributions is 16 May 2005.

Please address enquiries and send abstracts by e-mail to Vanessa Sánchez:

The official languages of the meeting are English and Spanish.

Calendar for the submission of abstracts

Scientific presentations at the Meeting must be oral or posters.


15-02-05 Reception of abstracts.

15-03-05 Notification of acceptance of the presentations and the assigned type of presentation. Sending of the guidelines for the ellaboration of the texts of the presentations.

16-05-05 Reception of complete texts of the presentations.

15-06-05 Registration of participants (Unless the maximum number of participants is reached before the deadline).

Guidelines for the submission of abstracts

- The name of the autor in charge of performing the presentation should be marked with (*) in the abstract.

- Abstracts might be submitted in English or Spanish by filling in the attached submission form (Annex 3).

- The maximum extent is one page (Din A-4). It is advisable to use the font Times New Roman Normal 12 pt. Single space.

- 2 more pages could be added in order to provide additional information, graphs and/or figures.

- Abstracts must be sent using the attached form, in which the autor should specify his/her preference among the following thematic areas:
o Natural Wetlands.
o Surface Flow Systems.
o Subsurface Flow Systems.
o Floating Systems.

- The preference of the author/s in relation to the type of presentation (oral or poster) should be indicated in the submission form.

Address and method of sending the asbtract

A) By post
Vanessa Sánchez Ortega.
Fundación Global Nature.
C/ Capitán Haya, 23. Escalera 2ª.Piso 9º. Puerta 2. E
28020 Madrid. Spain.

B) By e-mail:
The reception of abstracts will be notified to the authors.

Meeting Organising Committee

J. Fernández González
Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos de Madrid

S. Cirujano Bracamonte
Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

E. de Miguel Beascoechea
Fundación Global Nature

M. D. Millán Sánchez-Jáuregui
Ayuntamiento de Lorca

Registration fees

No registration fee required. Proceedings, field trip, guided tour and coffee breaks are free of cost to participants. Transportation, accommodations and dinners are not covered by the Meeting organisation.

Scope of the meeting

This International Meeting is part of the divulgation activities included in the LIFE-Environment project "New Floating Macrophyte Green Filters for the Mediterranean Region."

Construction and operating costs of conventional water treatment systems often are cost-prohibitive. Many conventional treatment plants in rural communities and small towns are neglected soon after inauguration because of high operating costs and difficult maintenance. Green filters are an economic and easy solution that are notably elastic, usually have low environmental impact, and may even produce large amounts of biomass, which, together with low energy consumption, contributes to reducing global warming.

The objective of the meeting is to exchange the latest knowledge about low purification capacity, effectiveness, management and maintenance costs of green filters and other water treatment systems using different plant species.


The conference will take place at the Centro Cultural, c/ Presbítero E. García Navarro, Lorca (Murcia)

Lorca is located in southeast Spain and is a centre for highly developed agricultural and industrial activities. It also offers opportunities to enjoy art and culture as it has some of the most important historical sites in Murcia.

Alicante International airport is located 120 km from Lorca. Connections with the Madrid airport are possible through Murcia airport, 80 km away. Local trains run between Lorca, Alicante and Murcia every hour. Five daily trains connect Madrid and Murcia.

Hotel accommodations

Jardines de Lorca ****
+34 968 470 599
Alameda Rafael Méndez, s/n

Alameda ***
+34 968 406 600
Musso Valiente, 8

Félix *
+34 968 467 654
Avenida Fuerzas Armadas, 146

CIFEA: Centro Integrado de Formación y Capacitación Agraria (Integrated Center about Formation and Agrarian Training) offers to the participants in the “International Meeting on Phytodepuration” accomodation for about 20 –30 persons.
The price for person and night is: 4.75 €.
It has Dormitories with 4 beds and a shared toilet and shower.
If you are interested in booking, please send us an e-mail ( before the end of June.

Registration form

Registration Form (80kb)

Abstract submission form

Abstract submission form (71kb)