German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

Biodiversity and People

The research group Ecosystem Services focuses on the emerging field of ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation in a changing world. As the ecosystem service concept links biodiversity, ecosystem functions and human well-being, we follow inter- and transdisciplinary approaches. This includes facilitating participatory methods and knowledge exchange at the science-policy interface.

Our current research covers three interlinked themes. We assess spatio-temporal distribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services, we explore the interrelationship of biodiversity, ecosystem function processes, and components of ecosystem services using experimental and landscape scale studies as well as investigating large-scale databases, and we operationalize the ecosystem approach by developing effective strategies and tools to safeguard biodiversity and ecosystem services to meet national and international targets.

In addition we are leading the citizen science capacity building for Germany (GEWISS) in collaboration with the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and the wider GEWISS consortium to foster approaches to co-design and co-production in science.

News of Ecosystem Services

19.07.2024 | Research, TOP NEWS, Biodiversity and People
02.07.2024 | Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, Biodiversity and People, iDiv, TOP NEWS
15.12.2023 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity and People, Biodiversity Synthesis, Media Release
27.10.2023 | iDiv, Research, Biodiversity and People, Media Release, TOP NEWS

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Head of research group

Prof. Dr. Aletta Bonn


Assistant to head

Ines Dorn


+49 341 9733152

Postal address

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) / German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Ecosystem Services

Puschstrasse 4
04103 Leipzig


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