News and activities

+++ April 2013: A paper just published in Landscape Ecology presents a new methodology for the assessment of disturbance through roads and traffic. The so-called SPatial ROAd Disturbance Index, short SPROADI, is based on a spatial assessment of road density and corresponding landscape fragmentation as well as traffic intensity +++

 

 

+++ April 2013: Thanks to the funding provided by the German Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency), in the course of an advisory project, a delegation from Katunskyi Biosphere Reserve, Russia, and Katon-Karaigaiskyi National Park, Kazakhstan, visited Germany and selected Biosphere Reserves. The ultimate aim was to seek further inspiration for the planning of Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in the Altai mountains. The group was accompanied by Centre staff and a representative of BTE, Berlin. After the circuit the group conducted a planning workshop in Eberswalde +++

Partners from Altai region (Russia and Kazakhstan), who plan the establishment of a Transboundary Biopshere Reserve, were invited to Germany and visited several German Biosphere Reserves (here at Schaalsee Biosphere Reserve).
In the course of the meeting the partners from Albania and Kosovo visited Lower Odra Valley National Park and Grumsin beech forest, component part of the UNESCO 'Beech World Heritage Site' of the Carpathians and Germany.

+++ 13 – 15 March 2013: Coordination meeting with partners from Albania and Kosovo, DAAD project "Cooperative Transboundary Learning for Ecosystem Management" in Eberswalde, +++

Director Dirk Treichel and collaborator Heike Fläming explain international and transboundary activities of Lower Odra Valley National Park to delegates from the Balkan.

+++ 3-11 March 2013: In the framework of a consultancy for GIZ and GOPA (KfW) Centre staff visits Ecuadorian Amazon and organizes a MARISCO workshop with two communal protected area (Siete Iglesias, Bosque Protector Tinajillas-Río Gualaceño) +++

Pierre Ibisch (left) and Christoph Nowicki (right) together with staff responsible for the Tinajillas and Siete Iglesias conservation sites, Jimmy Ortega and Carlos Arevalo, as well as Axel Schick (GIZ-Peru).
Ongoing road construction and improvement triggers degradation of highly biodiverse montane rain forest in Tinajillas-Río Gualaceño protected area.
DAAD workshop in Albania. Interview of local fisherman at Lake Shkoder, with presence of Albanian TV (photo Pierre Ibisch).

+++ 20-26 January 2013: The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management runs a joint workshop with the Agricultural University of Tirana teaching adaptive conservation management to Albanian students (MARISCO method). The case study site is Lake Shkoder, which was visited in the course of the Ecosystem Diagnostics Analysis part of the training workshop held in the city of Shkoder. The Centre lecturers are Lena Strixner, Peter Hobson and Pierre Ibisch. The local partners are Prof. Dr. Arsen Proko and Mark Rupa. The workshop is financed by German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD +++

 

 

+++ 17 January 2013: The Centre participated in Paris at a workshop of the

BiodiversityKnowledge project, a European meta-network for collecting and synthesising knowledge about biodiversity and ecosystem services. The topic was 'Enhancing natural pest control: what do we know?' Pierre Ibisch and Peter Hobson presented the plenary paper 'What about non-knowledge? Seeking solutions to complex problems using principles of post-normal science' and chaired a breakout group workshop on adaptive management +++

+++ 1 January 2013: The centre has launched its first report covering activities and achievements since its foundation (reporting period June 2012 - December 2012) +++

+++ December 2012: A team of scientists led by Professor Ibisch and professional conservation staff from Russia, Kazakhstan, Germany and the UK met  in Manzherok, Altai Republic, on the proposed UNESCO Transboundary Altai Biosphere Reserve. After an intensive and successful two days of working on a situation analysis of proposed area the team of experts were joined in Gorno-Altaisk parliament building by officials from both countries and a representative from the German Federal Agency for Nature Protection (BfN), Prof. Hans-Dieter Knapp, for the official launch of a 2-year transboundary conservation project. This event was initiated jointly by experts from the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation and attracted the support of scientists from the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management (Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany), with funding from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. +++

 

 

Pierre Ibisch at meeting with national, regional, and local representatives from Russia (Republic of Altai) and Kazakhstan, and Prof. Knapp from BfN, Germany, about potential Transboundary Altai Biosphere Reserve.

 

 

+++ 25 Nov 2012: Centre team heads for Altai Republic, Russian Union, to deliver a MARISCO planning workshop with colleagues from Katunskiy Biosphere Reserve, Russia, and Katon-Karagaiskiy National Park, Kazakhstan, and kick off a joint project with the goal of proposing an Altai transboundary Biosphere Reserve +++

+++ 23 November 2012: Centre launches book Series for Econics and Ecosystem Management published by NOMOS. First volume on Global Change Management: Knowledge Gaps, Blindspots and Unknowables. Nomos. More details about the series and the book .... +++

Stefan Opitz (second from lect), GIZ, with the editors. Global Change Management students receive book donation from GIZ (photo C. Nowicki).

 

+++ 19-22 Oct. 2012: Second MARISCO workshop with Defensores de la Naturaleza and Oroverde to inform management planning of the Sierra del Lacandón National Park, Petén, Guatemala, in Santa Elena +++

Laura Geiger and Felix Cybulla (back, left) and Pierre Ibisch (back. right) with colleagues from Guatemala and Oroverde after the Sierra del Lacandón workshop.

 

 

+++ 15 Oct. 2012: Pierre Ibisch gives keynote lecture at official presentation of book on climate-change-adapted management plans in protected areas of Jiangxi province, Nanchang, China. Sino-German event organized by GIZ +++

Pierre Ibisch during Sino-German event on protected areas management strategies in Nanchang, Jiangxi, China.

 

 

+++ 1 September 2012: Third European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB) is concluded in Glasgow. Centre staff was involved in pre-congress training course on adaptive management, a thematic poster exhibition on econics, various symposia, and in activities of the Europe Section of the Society for Conservation Biology +++

Part of the Centre team at ECCB 2012 in Glasgow

 

+++ August 2012: We prepare for an active participation at the European Congress of Conservation Biology - ECCB 2012 in Glasgow +++

 

+++ March 2012: project on sustainable Management of the surroundings of the World Heritage Site "Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians in Slovakia and Ukraine and Ancient Beech Forest of Germany" has been concluded +++

 

+++ December 2011-March 2012: Eberswalde Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management is engaged in nature conservation in Central America +++

 

+++  November 2011: Stakeholder workshop for climate-adapted conservation plan for the County of Barnim +++

 

+++ In September 2011 centre researchers have actively participated in three international conferences and presented six oral papers as well as two posters: 41st Annual Meeting of the German Ecological Society (GfÖ), Oldenburg; BES Annual Meeting, Sheffield;  Freiburg Conference Forest biodiversity in a changing climate. Understanding conservation strategies and policies, Freiburg +++

 

+++ June 25 and 28 2011. Discussions and consultations with Chinese delegations. +++ 

 

+++ In the week from June 20-25 2011, Xavier Escute, from Barcelona, Spain (Obra Social de CatalunyaCaixa. Area de Territori i Medi Ambient), coach with the European Coaches Network, together with staff of the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management has given the module Adaptive Conservation Site Management +++

 

+++ On the occasion of his 65th birthday, we dedicate our efforts and achievements in creating the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management to Wilhelm Barthlott +++

  

+++ 22 June 2011 +++ The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, in collaboration with the Faculty of Forest and Environment Workshop, offers a workshop on the Globio methodology, given by Wilbert van Rooij (Aidenvironment) +++

 

 +++ 8 June 2011 +++ The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management has been launched +++

 

 

Centre for Econics actively participating in the European Congress of Conservation Biology in Glasgow

August/September 2012. We prepare for an active participation at the ECCB 2012 in Glasgow. Apart from various contributions to different symposia and sessions, members of the centre will organize and present a Thematic Poster Exhibition on econics. Pierre Ibisch is member of the Board of Directors of the Europe Section of the Society for Conservation Biology, organizer of the congress; he is also chair of the Policy Committee of this section. 

Eberswalde Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management is engaged in nature conservation in Central America

Peter Hobson, Steffen Reichle, Pierre Ibisch and Laura Geiger together with staff of the GIZ programme BIOMARCC

In November/December 2011, as well as in February/March 2012, members of the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management carried out various activities in Central America.

 

In the beginning of December, in Costa Rica, a four-people-team, led by Pierre Ibisch and Peter Hobson, worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The team ran a MARISCO workshop on the vulnerability of two coastal protected areas to climatic change. Together with Costa Rican scientists and the teams of the the Cahuita and Manuel Antonio National Parks, situated at the Caribbean and the Pacific respectively, in a first workshop a systemic problem analysis was accomplished. In the first days of March an event on the development of strategies of adaptation to climate change has followed.

The associated researcher and Ph.D. student of the Centre, Laura Geiger, travelled directly from Costa Rica to Guatemala, where the Centre works for the environmental organisation OroVerde about risks and their management in the rainforest National Park Sierra del Lacandón (Petén, Maya Biosphere Reserve).

 

Pierre Ibisch and Peter Hobson visited the national park in early March and gathered important insights especially related to fire-related risks and the potential of succesional agroforestry, which applies principles of econics.

Pierre Ibisch and Peter Hobson in Sierra del Lacandón National Park, Petén, Guatemala
Pierre Ibisch with Julia Carabias,who received the Alexander von Humboldt price, and participating Mexican authorities and scientists in Guadalajara (photo Luis Ignacio Iñiguez Dávalos)

Pierre Ibisch, in December 2011, followed an invitation to Mexico, where the University of Guadalajara arranged a first “International Colloquium on Biodiversity, Natural Resources and Society”. The colloquium was conducted as part of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, the second largest in the World after Frankfurt on the Main. In this year, Germany has been the Guest of Honour of the fair that ended on the fourth of December. Pierre Ibisch was invited as well in the context of the awarding of the newly donated Alexander Von Humboldt Price to the Mexican scientist and conservationist Julia Carabia.

 

Alexander von Humboldt visited Mexico more than 200 years ago and gave vital impulses for the development of science in this country. With the invitation the University of Guadalajara strives for the reactivation of scientific cooperation with German scientists in the field of nature conservation and natural resource management. Pierre Ibisch gave a lecture on the topic of biodiversity conservation under global change. After the colloquium he conducted cooperation talks with representatives of the Mexican Academy and visited the scientific station in `Las Joyas‘ in the Manantlán Biosphere Reserve, home of a wild archetype of maize.

Manantlán Biosphere Reserve, Mexico

Stakeholder workshop for climate-adapted conservation plan for the County of Barnim

On behalf of and in collaboration with the Nature Conservation Authority of the County of Barnim as well as the Faculty for Landscape Management and Nature Conservation of the University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde, the CEEM contributes to the development of a concept for a climate-adapted conservation plan for the County of Barnim which is based on the principles of adaptive management.


On November 3rd, 2011 a stakeholder workshop was conducted including relevant actors from different sectors such as forestry, water management, agriculture and nature conservation. Following the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation a situation analysis was developed, discussing the direct threats of Barnim's conservation targets as well as identifying underlying causes leading to the direct threats. +++

Oldenburg meeting of the GfOe: Centre speakers together with colleagues from Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and Potsdam University, September 8.

  +++ In September centre researchers have actively participated in three international conferences and presented six oral papers as well as two posters: 41st Annual Meeting of the German Ecological Society (GfÖ), Oldenburg; BES Annual Meeting, Sheffield;  Freiburg Conference Forest biodiversity in a changing climate. Understanding conservation strategies and policies, Freiburg +++

 

 

Check out the abstract book of the Oldenburg conference.

Discussions and consultations with Chinese delegations

On June 25 and 28 2011, staff of the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management discussed various issues such as analyses of protected area vulnerability against climate change and close-to-nature forestry with two groups comprising scientists, practicioners and decision makers from protected areas and authorities of Jiangxi Province, as well as from Beijing University of Forestry, CRAES and the Chinese academy of science. The groups were accompanied by representatives of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).

Chinese delegation with Eberswalde staff and representatives of BfN, CIM and GIZ on the Eberswalde 'Forest Campus'

June 22, 2011 at Eberswalde

 

The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, in collaboration with the Faculty of Forest and Environment Workshop, offered a workshop on the Globio methodology, given by Wilbert van Rooij (Aidenvironment).

Target group: doctoral and master students

The global model of biodiversity called „Globio“ is a tool for supporting, consulting politics on global and national level. It is a modelling framework which is suitable for:

1)     Estimation of anthropogenic influences on biodiversity in the past, present and future

2)     Assessment of importance of single influences

3)     Assessment of trends assuming different scenarios

4)     Estimation of impacts of political actions, e.g. climate change mitigation, declaration of protected areas and plantings of forests

The anthropogenic influence on biodiversity is measured by biodiversity indicators, the mean species abundance and the expansion of ecosystems. Globio is based on origin-impact relations which were taken from literature. Due to the fact that Globio uses spatial data about environmental variables, no accurate data of species and their distribution are necessary.

Diverse assessments were implemented with Globio, e.g. the Global Biodiversity Outlook and the Global Environment Outlook. In the one-day workshop the students will learn basics of modelling with the model Globio. The docent of the workshop is one of the co-developers of this model and now working for the organisation 'Aidenvironment' in the Netherlands. He specialised in modelling biodiversity. Previously he worked for the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Organisation where he worked intensively with the model and already organised several training courses.

Use the following link for more information about Globio: http://www.globio.info/.

More information about the workshop lecturer Wilbert van Rooij you can find here: http://www.aidenvironment.org/.


Invitation to GLOBIO workshop in Eberswalde
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The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management has been launched

Signing the Memorandum of Understanding. President Prof. Vahrson (Eberswalde) together with the founding directors, Dr. Hobson (left) and Prof. Ibisch (right).
The founding directors of the new centre with members of the advisory board (from the left: Dr. Peter Hobson, Ilke Tilders, Prof. Pierre Ibisch, Sascha Mueller-Kraenner).
German press release about the opening of the centre
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English press release about the opening of the centre
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Greeting address by Ilke Tilders, Foundations of Success, on the occasion of the opening of the centre.
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June 8, 2011 at Eberswalde

 The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management is officially launched. 

Faculty of Forest and Environment Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development - Pfeilauditorium

  June 8, 2011

  10:00-10:05

 Prof. Dr. Peter Spathelf,  Welcome on behalf of the Faculty of Forest and Environment, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development

Introduction

  

10:05-10:20

  Dr. Wilhelm-Günther Vahrson, President, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development

Welcome address

 

 10:20-10:40

  Dr. Sascha Müller-Kraenner, Senior Advisor, The Nature Conservancy, Europe

Ilke Tilders, Foundations of Success, Europe

Greeting addresses

 

 10:40-11:00

 Dr. Pierre Ibisch, Professor for Nature Conservation, Faculty of Forest and Environment, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development / Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management

What is econics?

 

 11:00-11:20

  Dr. Peter Hobson, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Management,WrittleCollege/ Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management

Econics: principles into practice using forest management as an example

 

 Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding

  11:30  Closing

 

 

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