Polona Pengal

Polona Pengal
REVIVO, Institute for ichthyological and ecological research

PhD

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Additional affiliations
December 2016 - present
Institute REVIVO
Position
  • Project Manager
April 2011 - May 2011
Morska Bioloska Postaja Piran
Morska Bioloska Postaja Piran
Position
  • Menthor
January 2010 - October 2015
Fisheries Research Institute of Slovenia
Position
  • Marine Biologist
Education
September 2009 - September 2013
University of Ljubljana
Field of study
  • Biology

Publications

Publications (14)
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Nature-based solutions (NBS) are increasingly being considered as an option to reduce societies’ vulnerability to natural hazards, creating co-benefits while protecting ecosystem services in a context of changing climate patterns with more frequent and extreme weather events. The reinsurance and insurance industries are increasingly cited as sector...
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There is an imperative worldwide need to identify effective approaches to deal with water-related risks, and mainly with increasingly frequent floods, as well as with severe droughts. Particularly, policy and decision-makers are trying to identify systemic strategies that, going beyond the mere risk reduction, should be capable to deal simultaneous...
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Evidences from flood risk management demonstrated that a deep understanding of the main physical phenomena to be addressed is often not enough but should be also integrated with stakeholders' knowledge and risk perception. Particularly, the effectiveness of flood risk management strategies is highly dependent on stakeholders' perception and attitud...
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Evidences from flood risk management demonstrated that a deep understanding of the main physical phenomena to be addressed is often not enough but should be also integrated with stakeholders' knowledge and risk perception. Particularly, the effectiveness of flood risk management strategies is highly dependent on stakeholders' perception and attitud...
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Historical land and water management practices focused on chanelling water from the land as fast as possible, which effectivelly rises flood risk downstream (O‘Connel et al., 2007). With the rising amount of scientific evidence, implementation of new, nature-based solution (NBS) measures has taken a leap forward. Europe defines these measures as ac...
Conference Paper
Evidence demonstrate that the effectiveness of flood risk management measures depends on human decisions, actions and interactions. Action choices are not neutral, but commensurate with the perspectives and frames held by the actors making the decisions. The problem is that when these frames do not overlap or are incompatible, they potentially lead...
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This paper proposes a conceptual framework to systematize the use of Nature-based solutions (NBS) by integrating their resilience potential into Natural Assurance Scheme (NAS), focusing on insurance value as corner stone for both awareness-raising and valuation. As such one of its core goal is to align research and pilot projects with infrastructur...
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Slovenia is a coastal state in the northern part of the Gulf of Trieste, where commercially important fish species European pilchard (Sardina pilchardus W. 1792) and European anchovy spawn (Engraulis encrasucolus L. 1758). Anchovy and sardine populations undergo large annual fluctuations in abundance because of their reproduction strategies. On top...
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Anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus, L.) is one of the most important commercial species of the northern and central Adriatic Sea, as well as one of the most productive fisheries in the whole Mediterranean. In the Adriatic Sea the stock of anchovy is shared between Italy, Croatia and Slovenia. A joint stock assessment was carried out using catch data f...
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Three types of multi-mesh benthic survey gillnets were tested for their performance in the uniform muddy bottom habitat of the Bay of Piran. We describe the compared methods, present their positive and negative aspects and suggest a sampling design that could be used with different research goals. The research sampling was performed in winter in th...

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Projects (3)
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Sturgeons and other migratory fish species represent a historic, economic and natural heritage of the Danube River Basin and are indicators of the ecological status of aquatic ecosystems, especially of the functionality of ecological corridors. Their populations have suffered substantially from overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction and disruption of their migration routes. The need for their conservation is recognized at a high political and management level (EUSDR-PA 06, Biodiversity, DRBMP). Habitat fragmentation, as well as the lack of comprehensive knowledge on available habitats for migratory fish and on genetic diversity impede the restoration of migration corridors, vital to secure migratory fish on the long run. Concerted transnational management of these corridors and actions for their restoration as well as supportive conservation stocking of native species is highly needed. MEASURES will pave the way for the establishment of ecological corridors through identifying key habitats and initiating protective measures along the Danube and its main tributaries. A methodology for migratory fish habitat mapping will be developed and tested. A harmonized strategy (including prioritization) for the restoration of ecological corridors will be developed and will support implementation in future management plans. Two pilot actions are envisaged: (1) identify and map key habitats, (2) restocking of two native species to conserve their genetic pool. A network for concerted restocking of targeted species will be established, as well as a manual for the operation of broodstock facilities. A MEASURES Information System will be created to facilitate access to information for experts, decision makers and the general public. Concrete input into the next drafts of policy- and management plans (e.g. river basin- and flood risk management plans) will secure the translation of project outcomes into sustainable management of relevant sites restoring ecological corridors.
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The NAIAD H2020 Project aims to demonstrate the role that nature can play as an insurance system against the impacts from climate change. -It will do so by operationalizing the Insurance Value of Ecosystems in 8 pilot demonstration sites (Demos) and by facilitating a collaborative process with stakeholders to develop an action plan to guide the transition towards Natural Assurance Schemes. -Focusing on nature based solutions (NBS), we aim to demonstrate the positive value and buffer function that good functioning ecosystems can play to reduce water risks. -A key element is to find innovative public procurement and financing schemes to put value on positive environmental externalities to restore, protect and enhance our natural water systems.
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NAIAD - H2020 project (2017-2019) The objective of NAIAD is to assess and demonstrate the insurance value of Nature Based Solutions in water related risk and resilience management (drought & floods).