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+++ 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  +++