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+++ 30 October 2018. Pierre Ibisch and Jeanette Blumröder feature in a contribution to the political magazine Frontal21 of the German TV channel ZDF. In this contribution, Reinhard Laska highlights the accumulating problems in German forests, including heat and drought damages, forest fires, bark beetles, and storms. It is called for a transformation of forestry that would not exclusively target timber production, but a risk robust ecosystem management. Luebeck communal forest is recommended as an example for modern sustainable forestry +++

+++ 22-26 October 2018. Centre staff participated in the events organised by the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve in Rakhiv, Transcarpathia, Ukraine, celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Centre for Econics conducted a small international conference on transnational conservation, ecosystem services  and conflict prevention with participants from Moldova, Romania and Ukraine (as well as Germany and UK). This activity was part of a DAAD project implemented since January 2018 +++

+++ 16 October 2018. The German-French TV channel ARTE broadcasted a critical 98-minutes documentary on the FSC label, with case studies from Africa, South America, Europe and Asia. The title is "FSC - Forest Stewardship Council: FSC: can an eco-label stop the forestry industry?" (German title: Die Ausbeutung der Urwälder. Kann ein Öko-Siegel die Forstindustrie stoppen?).The Centre supported the producers providing some technical advice and Centre research - in the context of our project in the Arkangelsk Taiga, Russia - plays a role at the end of the documentary +++

FSC - Forest Stewardship Council: FSC: can an eco-label stop the forestry industry?

+++ 6 October 2018. Pierre Ibisch and Jeanette Blumröder featured in the ZDF documentary ‚The Guardians of the Trees‘ (Die Wächter der Bäume), in German only). The ZDF documentation series "plan b" offers insights into research, forestry work and companies that are pioneers for sustainable and future-oriented management of our forests. The part on the Centre research was introduced by the ZDF with the following words: “In times of noticeable climate change, it is important to manage our forests ever closer to nature, according to the theory of a German team of forest researchers. According to their research, dense, natural forests with a lot of deadwood as biomass cool better than man-made monocultures. They want to prove their thesis in the last German primeval forests”. Particularly noteworthy is the contribution on the Göttingen communal forest, where the forester Martin Levin managed the forest in accordance with the so-called Lübeck concept, based on principles of self-organizing ecosystems. A similar approach would be desirable in many forests, especially municipal ones. +++

Jeanette Blumröder and Pierre Ibisch checking microclimatic loggers in a pine stand (photo: (C) Melanie Jost)

+++ 28 September 2018. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management facilitated a new Memorandum of Understanding between Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and the European Wilderness SocietyThis MoU was signed in the framework of the 20th anniversary of the International Forest Ecosystem Management study programme. It defines the future cooperation between both organisations concerning the Bachelor of International Forest Ecosystem Management. The European Wilderness Society will offer Internships to the undergraduates of the 3-year  bachelor programme, provide the graduates of the Bachelor and Master programme access to its 12-month European Voluntary Service application and will jointly develop an International Wilderness Exchange programme together with the Colorado State University and Eberswalde University. The European Wilderness Society will also implement within the scope of the undergraduate and graduate programme lectures focusing on Wilderness and the work of NGOs. +++

Max Rossberg, CEO European Wilderness Society during his presentation at Eberswalde (photo: P. Ibisch)

+++ 26 September 2018. We congratulate Dr. Lutz Fähser and Knut Sturm, Luebeck Communal Forest, on the occasion of having been awarded the B.A.U.M. (Bundesdeutsche Arbeitskreis für Umweltbewusstes Management e.V.) Environmental Prize in the category 'Institutions'. Pierre Ibisch interviewed the two prize winners during the ceremony in Darmstadt. The prize winners explained the Lübeck concept, which stands for an ecosystem-friendly forestry based on a minimum intervention approach +++

Prize winners Knut Sturm (left with certificate) and Lutz Fähser together members of the board of B.A.U.M., the secretary of state of the Ministry of Economy of Hesse, Matthias Samson (second from right), and Pierre Ibisch (photo: © Simon Veith)
Pierre Ibisch interviewed the two prize winners during the ceremony in Darmstadt (photo: Torsten Welle)


+++ 24 September 2018. In the last weeks Centre staff  performed in some German media calling for a more sustainable forestry and especially an appropriate conservation of old-growth forests. NDR Nordmagazin broadcasted a contribution on Centre research in Heiligen Hallen Reserve in Mecklenburg Western Pomerania. Pierre Ibisch and Jeanette Blumröder explained the relevance of such a reserve and the measurements of microclimatic data showing a substantial cooling in native old-growth forest +++

Jeanette Blumröder, Centre coordinator for forest research and policy advice, interviewed by TV team in Heilige Hallen forest  (photo. Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management)


+++ 12-13 September 2018. Pierre Ibisch and Kevin Mack with the Centre for Econics and Ina Rohmann with Michael Succow Foundation were received in Kiew, Ukraine, by Viktor Klid, the Director of the department of EcoNet and Protected Areas of the Ukrainian Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources. Together with colleagues from Desna, Roztochya and West Polesie Biosphere Reserves as well as staff from the ministry they had a first meeting on the new project for Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves of Ukraine.The project "Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) to climate change (CC) and regional sustainable development by empowerment of Ukrainian Biosphere Reserves"  is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in the framework of its International Climate Initiative (IKI). It is jointly implemented by Michael Succow Foundation (lead organisation) and the Centre for Econics (2018-2021) +++

German delegation after discussion with Viktor Klid, the Director of the department of EcoNet and Protected Areas of the Ukrainian Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources in Kiew


+++ 21 June 2018. Eberswalde Sustainability Society. Prof. Dr. Martin Jänicke discusses with Pierre Ibisch and Inka Thunecke if China is the new champion in climate policy ("China als neuer Vorreiter der Klimapolitik?"). Martin Jänicke was member of the Berlin parliament, advisor to the German government and head of the German Advisory Council on the Environment. He is also a Visiting Professor of Quinghai Normal University in China +++

Prof. Martin Jänicke (right) with Pierre Ibisch and Inka Thunecke (photo. Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management)


+++ 21 June 2018. Final meeting with the Advisory Board of the AnpassBAR project on landscape framework planning in Barnim county +++

Presentation of maps as part of the landscape framework plan to be proposed for the county of Barnim, Brandenburg (photo. Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management)



+++ 20 June 2018. Alberto Acosta, author, scientist, former minister and president of the last consitutional assembly of Ecuador, gave a Sustainability Lecture on the concept of Buen vivir at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development. He was accompanied by the Grupo Sal playing Latin American music. After the concert lecture Pierre Ibisch participated in a panel with Alberto Acosta +++

Alberto Acosta during the panel discussion on Buen vivir, together with further panelists (Pierre Ibisch thrid from lect) and the journalist Thomas Pampuch (photo. Christoph Nowicki)


+++ 14 June 2018. First paper on effectiveness of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council published in Challenges in SustainabilityCase study Arkhangelsk region in the Russian Federation. Amongst others, we conclude that large-scale clear-cutting practice within Intact Forest Landscapes, which means the logging of primary forests, feeds doubts about the consistency of FSC and its credibility +++

Forest use in Arkhangelsk region, Russian Federation (photo. P.L. Ibisch)

+++ 11-15 June 2018. entre involvement at the 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB) in Jyväskylä, Finland: Panel on Forests at risk; presentations on a global assessment of boundary protected areas as well as on thermondynamics of Madeira vegetation; workshop on roadless areas and future mobility. A special activity was dedicated to a MARISCO situation analysis of nature and people and Europe, based on an exercise of the Policy Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology - Europe Section +++


+++ 6 June 2018. Centre staff together with colleagues from the Norther Arctic Federal University (NARFU) in Arkhangelsk and WWF presented results of their joint study on the effectiveness of FSC in Arkhangelsk region, Russia. The workshop was attended by researchers and students of  NARFU as well as representatives of forest enterprises +++

Jeanette Blumröder is the lead scientist of the study on effectiveness of FSC certification in Arkhangelsk region (photos. WWF Russia)


+++ 9 June 2018. The German TV magazine Markt (WDR) questions the ecological effectiveness of FSC (FSC-Holz: Wirklich besser?). In the film, Pierre Ibisch expresses doubts if the current forestry practices as implemented in many parts of the Ukrainian Carpathians are sustainable. Vast areas - including FSC-certified areas - have been impacted by salvage logging of spruce stands and clearcuts. The national FSC standard as currently applied in Ukraine endorses (or at least does not prevent) clearcuts and substantial biomass extraction, even on steep slopes.  Pierre Ibisch, together with the film team, visited an area that was said by local foresters to be FSC-certified, where the forest cover was substantially reduced. FSC Germany, in a website communication, doubts that the site shown in the film was really FSC-certified. A first step towards clarification would be that FSC freely publishes the coordinates or polygons of the certified areas. It is alos recommendable that FSC analyses the global tree cover loss data made available by the University of Maryland, overlapping them with the certified areas (Weiterlesen auf deutsch ...) +++

Forest area on steep slopes in Ukrainian Carpathians impacted by cutting in an area where a WDR film team questions sustainability of FSC-certified logging. The image from the website on Global Tree Cover Loss indicates the amount of (clear)cut areas in the corresponding region of the Ukrainian Carpathians (photo: PL. Ibisch)


+++ 25-31 March 2018. Peter Hobson and Pierre Ibisch visited the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynellth and explored forests and 'hanging woods' of Snowdonia National Park in  NW-Wales +++ 

Ancient woodlands in Dolgarrog National Nature Reserve

+++ 19 March 2018. Two academic lecturers from Writtle University College, Mr. Henry Matthews and Professor Peter Hobson, travelled to Argentina and joined up with their counterparts from ‘Facultad Ciencias Empresariales Universidad Austral’ to deliver a British Council funded workshop. Key staff representatives from Austral University met with the visitors from Writtle University College to discuss the next steps to explore opportunities for developing training needs with particular emphasis on adaptive management planning and climate change risk analysis. It is envisaged the Centre for Econics will play a major part in contributing towards future plans in this field of activities ... +++

+++ 25 January 2018. Centre staff Pierre Ibisch and Monika Hoffmann attend esri's Geodesign Summit at the company's headquarters in Redlands, California. In a meeting with esri founder and CEO Jack Dangermond and his team they explored opportunities for future cooperation on roadless areas' conservation. esri is powering the first online interactive map of roadless areas on +++

Jack Dangermond and his team with Centre staff at esri, Redlands (photo: Michael Gould)


+++ 24 January 2018. Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development organized another Sustainability Lecture the Secretary General of the Club of Rome, Graeme Maxton, who presented his report 'Reinventing Prosperity'. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management was in charge of a project that facilitated reading sessions of this book during the last year and had also suggested to invite Maxton. Centre staff Angela Dichte is the coordinator of the project. In a panel discussion, moderated by Prof. Heike Walk, the book was also discussed with Daniela Trochowski, Deputy Minister of Finance of Brandenburg, Sarah Bhandari, student of Global Change Management, and Pierre Ibisch +++

+++ 15 December. The Romanian Ministry of Water and Forests takes our Primary forests potential map of Romania as basis for the primary forests national inventoryIn November Greenpeace Romania released the map, which was developed in partnership with the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany and the Geography Department of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iași, Romania. Estimates show that about two thirds are to be found in Romania, and our map uncovered a potential of roughly 300 000 hectares +++

+++ 8 November 2017. Do national strategies under the UN biodiversity and climate conventions address agricultural commodity consumption as deforestation driver? A new paper in Land Use Policy being the result of cooperation between the Centre of Climate Science and Policy Research (CSPR) at Linköping University and the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management (+ further institutes). The first author, Sabine Henders, formally affiliated with CSPR, was a guest researcher at the Centre for Econics; she is now with Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems +++

+++ 26 October 2017. Pierre Ibisch contributes an introductory presentation on forests as ecosystems to the Hamburger Gespräche für Naturschutz of the Michael Otto Stiftung für Umweltschutz. At the event he also presents a statement on an online petition of German forest scientists reacting to Peter Wohlleben's book 'The hidden life of trees' (in German) +++

+++ 12-16 October 2017. 33 experts representing 12 European countries convened on the Isle of Vilm, in the Baltic Sea, to further develop the European Beech Forest Network. The meeting was held in the course of a project funded by the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, and commissioned by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. They addressed the States Parties of the extended serial UNESCO World Heritage property “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine)” with a resolution that summarises important findings ...


Photo: Participants during excursion to the beech forests of Jasmund National Park (Matthias Schickhofer)  +++


+++ 11 October 2017. A new publication on the robustness of protected areas reveals that German protected areas are not fit for climate change. The paper based on the study of management plans should give reason for concern. European protected areas established under Natura 2000 show a poor management planning +++


+++ 13-14 September 2017. In Brussels, members of the European Beech Forest Network attend the Conference  for Protection of Old Growth Forest in Europe organized by Wild Europe and hosted by the EU Committee of the Regions. On behalf of the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, as well as the European Beech Forest Network registered society, Pierre Ibisch and Marcus Waldherr participate in the event. Photo:

Opening of the Conference (P. Ibisch)  +++


+++ 1-8 September 2017. Pierre Ibisch attends the Inaugural meeting of the Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative and the joint conference of GFBI and the journal Forest Ecosystems in Bejing, China, delivering a presentation of 'Roadless forests'. 

The Centre has become member of the Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative and looks forward to fruitful cooperation. The conference was hosted and sponsored by  Beijing Forestry University. On the photo: venue of the conference, building of the Faculty of Landscape Architecture (P. Ibisch)+++

Pre-conference field trip to the border of Inner Mongolia, Sahinba National Forest Park, Hebei province, a large afforestation project for halting the desert and sandstorms threatening the Beijing area (photo: P. Ibisch)

Pierre Ibisch delivering his invited presentation on 'Roadless forests' (photo: GFBI)


+++ 17 July 2017. Brandenburg State Forestry, German NABU, together with Göttingen University and Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, officially launched a joint project called 'Glassy forest enterprise'. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, on behalf of Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, implements the ecological research component. The goal is to understand the ecological impact of selected silvicultural measures and the economic implications in a study region in northern Brandenburg, comprising both areas owned by the State of Brandenburg and the NABU foundation. The 6-year-project is funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) +++


Brandenburg Minister for Rural Development, Environment, and Agriculture Jörg Vogelsänger listening to Jeanette Blumröder, Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, who explains microclimate data loggers at research plots in Reiersdorf (photo: P. Ibisch)


Press release: Old Beech Forests become World Heritage
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World Heritage Committee on the day of deciding on European Beech Forests in Krakow (photo: P. Ibisch)



Final group picture after the anniversary symposium celebrating 10 years Global Change Management, M.Sc.. In the first row, Christoph Nowicki, coordinator and co-designer of the programme, Pierre Ibisch, founding head of the study programme, and Martin Welp, head of the programme since winter term 2007 (photo: A. Valenzuela Jimenez) 

+++ 30 June 2017. 10th anniversary of the international Master study programme Global Change Management at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development. Partners, lectureres, current and former students gathered to celebrate the achievements of the programme that was launched in the winter term 2006/2007. Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research gave a keynote lecture. Four former students, Thais Mattos, Carina Zell, Eike Christansen and Sönke Kreft, provided insights in their current work. Thomas Loster, MunichRe, and Christoph Bals, Germanwatch, offered their perspective on the programme. Pierre Ibisch and Martin Welp reported about the genesis and achievements of the programme as well as future ideas +++


On 28 June 2017, Pierre Ibisch (right) was invited by Austria to participate in meeting with ambassadors to the UNESCO; in Paris, at the UNESCO headquarters, he informed the participants about the screening process of European beech forests that proceeded the extension nomination of the World Heritage Property dedicated to postglacial beech expansion


+++14 June 2017. At the 29th session of the Man and the Biosphere Programme International Co-ordinating Council (MAB-ICC) in Paris, the Great Altay Transboundary Biosphere Reserve has been accepted (together with 22 other new sites). The decision followed the recommendation of the Advisory Committee " The Advisory Committee welcomed this joint transboundary proposal from the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan, composed with the Katunskiy Biosphere Reserve (Russian Federation designated in 2000) and the Katon-Karagay Biosphere Reserve (Republic of Kazakhstan designated in 2014)". The Advisory Committee also  "commended the three-year participatory planning process (ecosystem-based, adaptive and participatory management approach) that led to the joint nomination form and acknowledged the long-term technical cooperation with several initiatives and activities to promote and foster transboundary nature conservation in the Altai region". The Centre coordinated the elaboration of the nomination dossier, the management plan, and the corresponding joint efforts with the partners from Russia and Kazakhstan  +++  

+++ 13 June 2017. The Russian critical scientists and activists Dr. Alexey Kozlov, Nikolai Petrov, and Gulya Sultanova were the guests at the latest Eberswalder Nachhaltigkeitsgesellschaft. In the discussion the current situation of Russian civil society, environmental policy and also the Ukraine conflict were analysed +++

Pierre Ibisch, Alexey Kozlov, Nikolai Petrov, Hartmut Schröder, Gulya Sultanova, Inka Thunecke on 13 June 2017 at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development


+++ 12 June 2017. Pierre Ibisch and Angela Dichte, in Hamburg, received the certificate for Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE) for successfully participating in the Germany-wide contest 'One university - one book'. Together with 9 universities, HNEE was selected by a jury, for coming up with a convincing proposal. In the framework of the initiative launched by Deutscher Stifterverband and the German magazine Die ZEIT, HNEE, in a series of events, reads and discusses the latest report to the Club of Rome: Reinventing prosperity. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management has proposed the book, prepared the application, and now moderates the process of reading the book (more info in German ...) +++

Dominique Ostrop (Deutscher Stifterverband), Pierre Ibisch, Angela Dichte, and Beate Spiegel (Klaus Tschira Stiftung GmbH) at the ZEIT headquarters in Hamburg (photo: Louisa Reichstetter/DIE ZEIT)


+++ June 2017. Writtle University College has promoted Peter Hobson, co-director of the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, to the position of a Professor for biodiversity conservation and sustainability +++

Peter Hobson in Uholka primeval beech forest, Ukraine (Carpathian Biosphere Reserve)

+++ 26 May - 3 June 2017. Annual student excursion to Ukraine in combination with study trip in the framework of project on Transboundary cooperation for ecosystem-based sustainable development. A group of Centre lecturers and students from Eberswalde together with partners from Moldova and Romania visited western Ukraine. The host and organizer in Lviv was the Ukrainian National Forestry University (UNFU), being a a strategic partner. in the region for a couple of years. After staying in Lviv and exploring the Roztochya Biosphere Reserve, the focus of the study trip was on the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve on the border to Romania, another long-term partner of the Centre +++


Director of the Roztochya Nature Reserve together with Eberswalde students around an old linden tree (photo: P. Ibisch)

In Uholka, after a day-long hike through the largest intact European beech forest, part of the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve and component of the serial UNESCO World Heritage property 'Primeval beech forests of the Carpathians and ancient beech forests of Germany', the group, unexpectedly, met Vlado Vancura, European Wilderness Society. Vlado leads an ongoing mission of wilderness audit in Ukraine (photo: European Wilderness Society)


+++ 21-23 May 2017. Pierre Ibisch participates in the strategic meeting of the Advisory Council of the International Academy for Nature Conservation (INA) , Isle of Vilm. The meeting was chaired by Trevor Sandwith and involved further external experts. "The Advisory Council consists out of 15 members from universities and scientific institutions, national and international NGOs, development cooperation, conservation authorities as well as from the German parliament ..." read more  +++