German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Halle-Jena-Leipzig
 

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About IPBES

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) provides policymakers with objective and reliable information about the state and development of biodiversity and ecosystem services. It was established in 2012 and is administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Its secretariat is in Bonn (Germany).

 

IPBES consists of:

  • Official members: They take part in the IPBES plenaries and pass resolutions. Currently 128 states, including Germany, are represented in IPBES.
  • Experts: Scientists and other experts that are nominated by governments and organisations and, for example, contribute as authors or reviewers or take part in task forces.
  • Observers: Organisations, for example intergovernmental organisations, universities, societies or environmental associations can be accredited by IPBES and take part in IPBES plenaries as observers.

IPBES does not conduct scientific research on its own, but synthesises and evaluates global knowledge. From this knowledge it derives non-prescriptive recommendations and guidelines for the conservation of biological diversity, which supports policymakers in their work. IPBES also undertakes regular assessments of the current state of knowledge about biodiversity and ecosystem services.

More information about IPBES can be found here:

IPBES international: www.ipbes.net

IPBES Koordinierungsstelle für Deutschland (in German): www.de-ipbes.de/20.php
NeFo (Netzwerk-Forum zur Biodiversitätsforschung Deutschland; in German): www.biodiversity.de/de/ipbes-co


The following employees and members of iDiv are currently active in various roles within IPBES

Prof Dr Aletta Bonn

“IPBES is the most important international science policy instrument for the protection of biodiversity. I hope that as many stakeholders as possible will be able to contribute, so that we can achieve the 2020 targets.”

Head of the Department Ecosystem Services at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Professor at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, and research group leader at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Ongoing:

Past:

  • Contributing author: Scoping process Europe and Central Asia Regional assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2014)

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Dr Carlos Antonio Guerra

“IPBES is currently the only global platform that assesses natures’ current and future conditions and its benefits to society. My main objective within IPBES is to highlight the need for global and systematic biodiversity and ecosystems monitoring.”

Scientist in the project ECOPOTENTIAL at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and at the research group Biodiversity Conservation at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig.

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Prof Dr Klaus Henle

Head of the Department Conservation Biology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and Member of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Past:

  • Contributing author: Assessment guide (2014–2015)

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HyeJin Kim

“IPBES has a unique and valuable set of knowledge and experiences to offer to sustainable future, and it will continue to do so with optimal success when the potential of scenarios and models is realized through decision making and behavioural change.”

Scientist at the research group Biodiversity Conservation at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Ongoing:

  • Fellow: Development of scenarios on nature and its contributions to people with IPBES expert group on Scenarios and Models

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Prof Dr Tiffany Marie Knight

“It is inspiring to be part of this important global synthesis on pollinators.”

Joint Alexander von Humboldt Professor at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ and Head of the Department Spatial Interaction Ecology at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

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Dr Laetitia Navarro

“IPBES is a platform where governments can actively express their needs for specific assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Hence, I feel that my contribution can really have an impact on policy and society.”

Scientist/Executive secretary GEO BON at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jean-Leipzig and at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

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Prof Dr Robert Paxton

“I joined IPBES because I felt it important to contribute to our understanding of how and why we are losing biodiversity, to highlight the consequences of those losses, and to try to reverse those losses.”

Professor for General Zoology at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and member of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

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Dr Guy Pe’er

“IPBES has the huge challenge of tackling a crisis whose causes and solutions encompass all scales and regions of the world. Broad engagement of scientists and other knowledge holders, from all disciplines, is therefore a key to its success.”

Postdoctoral researcher at sDiv, the Synthesis Centre of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and at Leipzig University as well as at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ.

Ongoing:

  • Observer on behalf of the Society for Conservation Biology: Enhancing scientific contributions by individuals and professional organisations

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Prof Dr Henrique M. Pereira

“IPBES is a unique forum for providing decision-makers from over 100 countries with scientific information on the protection of biodiversity on our planet.”

Head of the research group Biodiversity Conservation at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig and Professor at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Ongoing:

Past:

  • Coordinating lead author: Chapter 8 (Evaluation of Scenarios); Methodological Assessment on Scenarios and Modelling (2014–2016)

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Prof Dr Irene Ring

“Building bridges between natural sciences and social sciences, between science, politics, business and society – this is what we need for long-term, viable solutions for safeguarding biological diversity.”

Professor for Ecosystem Services at TU Dresden, International Institute (IHI) Zittau, and member of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Ongoing:

  • Coordinating Lead author: Chapter 6 (Governance); Europe and Central Asia Regional assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2015–2018)
  • Expert: Expert group policy support tools and methodologies    

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Prof Dr Ralf Seppelt

“To show that biodiversity conservation is not just about protecting a unique natural world, but about protecting the foundation of our existence – that is what I see as the main task of IPBES.”

Head of the Department Computational Landscape Ecology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Professor at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Member of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

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Prof Dr Josef Settele

“I think it is important to get actively engaged in the IPBES process in order to create better frame conditions for maintaining natural and cultural global heritage.”

Scientist at the Department Community Ecology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Professor at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Member of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

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Thematic Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination, and Food Production:

More Information on the Thematic Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination, and Food Production (in German): www.de-ipbes.de/289.php

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Dr Nicolas Titeux

Scientist at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig and the Department Community Ecology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

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Prof Dr Karsten Wesche

“The grasslands of Eurasia are amongst the largest terrestrial ecosystems. Their maintenance, and research into them, have been particularly important to me for years. It is for this reason that I am playing my part on this issue also within IPBES.”

Head of the Botany Department at the Senckenberg Museum for Natural History Görlitz, Professor for Biodiversity of Plants at TU Dresden, International Institute (IHI) Zittau, and Member of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

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Dr Marten Winter

“My goal in IPBES is to use my expertise in order to make available knowledge on biodiversity in regions that have long been largely under-represented.”

Scientific coordinator of sDiv, the Synthesis Centre of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig and scientist at the Leipzig University

Ongoing:

  • Contributing author: Chapter 3 (status and trends) and Chapter 4 (Drivers); Europe and Central Asia Regional assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2015–2018)
  • Co-Responsible person: Chapter 5 (Communication); Task Force Knowledge and datafor policymaking (2014–2019)
  • Member: Unofficial expert group; Thematic Assessment on Invasive Alien Species (2016–2019)

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