Scientists advance IPBES Assessment during author convention
The expert group for the Regional Assessment on Europe and Central Asia of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) convened for its second authors meeting. About 100 participants met in Zadar, Croatia, from 5 to 9 September 2016. Among them were members and employees of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv):
· Matthias Schröter, Postdoctoral researcher at the Department Ecosystem Services of the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and iDiv, lead author for Chapter 2 of the assessment, works on quantifying nature’s benefits to people
· Carlos Guerra, postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Biological Conservation at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and iDiv, contributes to Chapter 3, works on identifying the links between biodiversity and ecosystem services
· iDiv consortium member Irene Ring (TU Dresden, International Institute Zittau), coordinating lead author for Chapter 6, works on biodiversity and ecosystem service governance and decision-making
· Marten Winter, scientific coordinator of iDiv’s synthesis centre sDiv, lead author for Chapter 5, works on gaps and uncertainties of various aspects of integrated models
During their meeting in Zadar, the members of the interdisciplinary group discussed the progress of the assessment report for Europe and Central Asia. Furthermore, external review comments were addressed during the meeting, and an agenda for future activities was set.
One of the central missions of IPBES is to provide comprehensive, policy-relevant assessments on the status and trends of biodiversity and the benefits people receive from ecosystems. These reports comply with direct requests from policy-makers within this international initiative, which is currently mandated and supported by 125 governments. Several iDiv members are engaged as authors in the various IPBES reports.
IPBES Europe and Central Asia Assessment:
Dr. Matthias Schröter
Postdoctoral researcher at the Department Ecosystem Services at the UFZ – Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Tel. +49 341 97 33199
Dr. Carlos António Guerra
Postdoctoral researcher at the Department Biodiversity Conservation at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Tel. +49 341 97 33123
Dr. Marten Winter
Scientific Coordinator of sDiv – Synthesis Centre of iDiv
Dr. Tabea Turrini (English and German)
Public Relations Department iDiv
Tel.: +49 341 9733 106
iDiv is a central facility of Leipzig University within the meaning of Section 92 (1) of the Act on Academic Freedom in Higher Education in Saxony (Sächsisches Hoch-schulfreiheitsgesetz, SächsHSFG). It is run together with the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, as well as in cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ.
The following non-university research institutions are involved as cooperation partners: the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI BGC), the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (MPI CE), the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI EVA), the Leibniz Institute DSMZ–German Collection of Micro¬organisms and Cell Cultures, the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB), the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) and the Leibniz Institute Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz (SMNG).