Symposium on Biodiversity Economics
Leipzig. Scientists from the fields of biodiversity and economics met on 27 April in Leipzig to discuss a broad range of topics from the field of “biodiversity economics”. Eighty scientists participated in the symposium, which was hosted by iDiv in cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and Leipzig University (UL).
Bernd Hansjürgens (UFZ/iDiv) discussed the definition of “biodiversity economics”
Audience listening to Marije Schaafsma from the University of Southhampton
iDiv is in the process of strengthening its expertise in the field of biodiversity economics. The international symposium was an important step in this process, helping to identify hot topics in this transdisciplinary field of integrative biodiversity research. Presentation topics at the symposium ranged from measuring ecosystem services valuation in developing countries to assessing the economic insurance value of biodiversity. Symposium host Prof. Henrique M. Pereira (iDiv/MLU) was deeply satisfied with the outcome: “The symposium really illustrated the benefits of cross-fertilisation between scientific disciplines. By bringing together ecologists and economists, we move forward not only biodiversity research at the interface between the fields, but also ecological research and economics research themselves.”