News archive (April 2014 - April 2017)
+++ 25 April 2017. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management congratulates its mother institute, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, on its 25th anniversary of re-foundation as university of applied sciences. Kaya Ibisch prepared a birthday cake, which is contributed to the university's cake contest. Happy birthday HNEE! +++
+++ April 2017. WWF publishes a booklet on the ECOSEFFECT methodology for the asessment of effectiveness of sustainability standards +++
+++ 21 February 2017. Staff of Brandenburg State Forestry, NABU, Göttingen University and Centre held a first meeting launching activities of the so-called 'Glassy forest enterprise' project. For six years, forests owned by the Federal State of Brandenburg will be jointly managed and investigated by the mixed team. The purpose of the project is learning about ecosystem services, costs and benefits related to strategic forest management measures in pine forests. The meeting was hosted by Dietrich Mehl and Siegfried Ostermaier, the responsible foresters of the project area in Reiersdorf, within Schorfheide Chorin Biosphere Reserve, county of Uckermark +++
Pierre Ibisch, Maike Schluhe, Jeanette Blumröder, Michael Duhr, Christian Unselt, Stefan Adler, Dietrich Mehl, Siegfried Obermaier, Bernhard Möhring and Andreas Schulze in Reiersdorf
+++ 10-12 February 2017. The Centre hosts the '2016' meeting of the European Policy Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology. Friends and colleagues arrived from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and UK, as well as from Leipzig. Since 2005, it was the fourth Eberswalde meeting of the Policy Committee - by chance they were held every 4 years. The group intensively worked on a systemic situation analysis of biodiversity conservation in Europe and applied the MARISCO methodology. Various participants are also members of the Roadless Initiative, and further research was planned +++
+++ 2-3 February 2017. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management hosts friends from European Wilderness Society, E.C.O., and Michael Succow Foundation for further working towards the establishment of an European Beech Forest Network +++
Peter Hobson, Lena Strixner, Pierre Ibisch, Max Rossberg, Anni Henning, Marcus Waldherr and Hans Dieter Knapp (missing on the picture: Hanns Kirchmair) in Eberswalde beech winter landscape
+++ 25 January 2017. Juliane Geyer successfully defends her doctoral thesis at the University of Posdam. The thesis was embedded in the joint cooperative doctoral programme Adaptive Nature Conservation under Climate Change of Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Potsdam University and Potsdam Institut for Climate Impact Research.
Juliane Geyer with the members of the evaluation commission at Potsdam University, Profs. Ralph Tiedemann, Jasmin Joshi, Florian Jeltsch (second suvervisor), Thilo Heinken and Pierre Ibisch (first supervisor) (from left to right). An external evaluation of the thesis was written by Prof. Stefan Porembski, Rostock University.
Motivated by research needs identified from the literature as well as by deficiencies encountered in practical conservation site planning, Juliane’s doctoral thesis pursued an applied approach to adapting conservation to climate change. The overarching objective was to improve the under-standing and the armamentarium of integrating aspects of climate change into conservation management planning bridging the gap between science and practice +++
+++ 18 December 2016. According to Altmetric the Science paper is currently one of the publications with the highest output worldwide +++
+++ 15 December 2016. Centre team leads research report on roadless areas published in Science. New website launched: www.roadless.online +++
+++ 1-5 December 2016. 30 experts from 14 countries who are dedicated to ecological research and the conservation of old and free-willed European Beech forest ecosystems gathered on the Isle of Vilm and conducted the second international workshop in this series. It was organised by the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management. The European Beech Forest Network calls for the protection of old-growth forests +++
+++ 26 September 2016. Facilitated by Heinrich Schmauder, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, a mixed delegation, also including Pierre Ibisch and Anja Krause, Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, and Hans D. Knapp, Michael Succow Foundation, met Michail Gorbachev in his office in Moscow.
The visit was realized in the context of a journey to Russia and Mongolia. The goal of the mission was exploring the potential of further developing the Great Altay Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, currently proposed to UNESCO by the Republic of Kazakstan and the Russian Federation +++
Besuch bei Michail Gorbatschow.pdf
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Centre collaborator Anja Krause with Michail Gorbachev in his office at the headquearters of the Gorbachev Foundation in Moscow (photo: P. Ibisch)
+++ 12-17 September 2016. The Centre organized a workshop and study tour of a mixed delegation from Ukraine. Head of the delegation was Prof. Mykola Borys, vice rector of the Ukrainian National Forestry University in Lviv. The delegation also comprised further academic staff as well as representatives of environmental administrations of the oblasts of Lviv and Transcarpathia, NGO, and protected areas from Transcarpathia. On the picture prof. Mykola Borys is welcomed by the president of Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Prof. Wilhelm-Günther Vahrson.
The workshop and visit was possible thanks to a DAAD funded project on Civil society's engagement for sustainable forest management.
+++ 29 August - 2 September 2016. The Centre organized an international workshop on the ecosytem-based sustainable development in the Mountain Ecosystems of the Korean peninsula and areas of influence (MEKOP). The participants comprised representatives from China, DPRK, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation.
The workshop was held in Landmark Hotel, Beijing, China, and supported by FAO +++
+++ August 2016. A new video is launched at the MARISCO website. It highlights the experience in Namibia as a case-study for the application of the method with local people. The video has been produced with and for GIZ +++
+++ July 2016. A Centre team supports an EU project on cooperative learning for transboundary ecosystem management in the Sharri mountains (Kosovo/ Macedonia). A group of students is accompanied conducting an Ecosystem Diagnostics Analysis in the field and a MARISCO workshop in Prishtina.
The course is run in the context of the project IPA-CBC “Cooperative Transboundary Learning for Ecosystem. Management and Sustainable Development in the Sharr Mountain region”, managed by University of Pristina, Kosovo, and State University of Tetova, Macedonia. The coordinator in Prishtina is assistant professor Dr. Avni Hajdari. The Centre is represented by the co-directors Peter Hobson and Pierre Ibisch as well as by the coaches Daniela Aschenbrenner, Martin Kühn and Lena Strixner +++
++ 8 July 2016. Luzmila Rosales and Maria Fiedler, students of the international Eberswalde Master programme Global Change Management, win the third prize in the 2016 contest of the 15th round of the GIZ initiative 'Between lecture Hall and Project Work'. 22 international student teams had analysed GIZ projects, combined these practical insights with their academic knowledge from university, and prepared short videos about their findings. The top ten finalists, were invited to the Final Symposium in the GIZ House in Berlin. Luzmila and Maria presented their evaluation of a GIZ project in Peru and called their presentation “Looking at a bigger picture: introducing a systemic approach”. Among others, they used the MARISCO methodology for the analysis.
Three Eberswalde teams participated as finalists. Further presentations were given by Björn Pasemann and Dilfuza Yuldasheva (hydropower at the Mekong) as well as Marie-Kathrin Siemer and Andrea Wiesholzer. The participation in the GIZ contest is integrated in the elective module ‘Global change and development’ offered by Christoph Nowicki and Pierre Ibisch. This year’s coaching of the student groups was provided by Christoph Nowicki +++
+++ June 2016. University lecturers from three Balkans countries visit the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management and Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development for an exchange about teaching adaptive conservation management.
Dr. Ermelinda Mahmutaj, researcher with Tirana University, Albania (Faculty of Natural Sciences, National Centre of Flora and Fauna, Botanical Garden), Dr. Hesat Aliu, assistant professor with Tetovo University of the Republic of Macedonia, and Dr. Avni Hajdari, assistant professor with the University of Prishtina, Kosovo, actively participate in the module Adaptive Conservation Site Management, which is part of the Bachelor programme International Forest Ecosystem Management. This year’s course is organised by Dr. Stefan Kreft, Lena Strixner and Daniela Aschenbrenner, Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management …. read more +++
+++ June 2016. Together with the Ukrainian National Forestry University (UNFU) and the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, in the city of Lviv, Ukraine, the Centre and staff from Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development held a joint workshop on Civil society participation in forest management. Further participants represented NGOs such as Biosfera (Ushgorod), WWF Ukraine or Michael Succow Foundation The workshop, which was made possible with funding by DAAD, was continued in the field. The interinstitutional delegation visited State Forestry Enterprises and the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve in Transcarpathia +++
+++ 26 May 2016. Pierre Ibisch and Peter Hobson as well as a delegation of international students participated in a roundtable discussion organised by the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve in Rakhiv. Further participants represented academia and various protected areas of Transcarpathia and beyond. The roundtable was dedicated to the celebration of the 45th anniversary of UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Programme +++
+++ 22-29 May 2016. In the framework of the annual field trip to Ukraine a mixed student group from Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Writtle College and Ukraine National Forestry University visited a series of protected areas in Ukraine: Yavoriskiy National Nature Park, Roztochya Biosphere Reserve, Carpathian Biosphere Reserve and Gorganiy Nature Reserve. The group stayed in Lviv and and Rakhiv; a special study site was the Carpathian village of Bohdan on the border to Romania. The annual excursions in the framework of Pierre Ibisch's modules started in 2006 and were proposed by Lars Schmidt, a former Eberswalde student, who continues accompanying and supporting the field trips +++
+++ 21 May 2016. The Centre and Ukraine National Forestry University (UNFU) organise a joint student symposium in Lviv about ecosystem management and transformation in Ukraine. Students from various programmes of Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and UNFU gave 6 group presentations. The symposium was opened by the vice rector Prof. Dr. Nicholas Borys of UNFU The student choir "Dubrava" and the singer Irina Semenyuk provided an impressive cultutral framework to the event. The director of the Institute for Ecological Economics and Management, Prof. Dr. Alexander Adamovsky chaired the joint symposium, which was the second one after the first event in 2015 +++
+++ 17-20 may 2016. The Centre hosts a group of Russian scentists with various institutes working towards better understanding the climate and biodiversity-relevant forests of the Russian Federation. The workshop was hosted on behalf of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, represented by Heinrich Schmauder. Guests from WWF Germany and GFA Consulting Group joint a few working sessions +++
+++ 13 May 2016. Centre collaborator and lecturer at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development Stefan Kreft successfully defended his doctoral thesis about altitudinal migration of Neotropical birds at the University of Münster. Prof. Dr. Hermann Mattes and Prof. Dr. Ingo Hahn were his supervisers and evaluators of his thesis; Prof. Dr. Christoph Scherber and Prof. Dr. Pierre Ibisch participated as members of the evaluation commission +++
+++ 10-12 May 2016. Pierre Ibisch, Peter Hobson and Anja Krause attend the Adaptation Futures 2016 congress in Rotterdam. 1700 participants from more than 100 countries gather in search of solutions to adaptation to climate change. The Centre contributed a presentation to a session on ecosystem-based adaptation and disaster risk reduction. The talk was on the MARISCO methodology and case studies of ecosystem-based approaches from Namibia and Barnim county, Germany +++
Result of workshop at Adaptation Futures 2016 in Rotterdam. Peter Hobson and Pierre Ibisch co-author policy brief publication
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+++ 16 March 2016. The projected Great Altay Transboundary Biosphere Reserve has been presented at the side event on Transboundary Biosphere Reserves as part of the programme of the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in Lima, Peru. The speakers were Erlan Mustafin from the Kazakhastani Katon-Karagay Biosphere Reserve, Tatjana Yashina from Katunskiy Biosphere Reserve and Pierre Ibisch with the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management.. Roman Jashenko (MAB Committee Kazakhstan and) as well as Valery Neronov (MAB Committee Russian Federation and Vice President Asia Pacific region at UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Programme) accompanied the event +++
+++ 14-17 March 2016. Pierre Ibisch and Anja Krause attend the 4th UNESCO World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in Lima, Peru. As members of the German delegation they contribute to a series of activities. Pierre Ibisch was on a panel on climate change giving a presentation on the MARISCO methodology and strongly recommending to consider adaptive managament as a crucial approach towards making conservation and sustainable development more effective. On the panel, amongst others, there were also the Embassador for the Environment of the Republic of France, Xavier Sticker, and the UNESCO Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences, Flavia Schlegel.
MARISCO has been used for the elaboration of a proposed Altai Transboundary Biosphere Reserve. The German Ministry of Environment has invited the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development to present the results achieved together with colleagues from the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan. Before participating in a side event on Transboundary Biosphere Reserves the project was also presented at a poster session. In the session of the East Asian Biosphere Reserve Network on 15 March, the projected Transboundary Biosphere Reserve was also mentioned by Tatjana Yashina with Katunskiy Biosphere Reserve in the Altai mountains. Roman Jashenko, Vice President, Asia Pacific region at UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Programme, in this session expressed that he appreciated the support for the proposal and expressed the hope to submit the nomination dossier later this year +++
+++ 29 February to 1 March 2016. Former student of the international M.Sc. programme Global Change Management, Lara Herrmann, presented a poster on her research on non-knowledge literacy, at the annual German IPCC congress in Nauen +++
Abstract: Decision making under uncertainty is frequently discussed in literature, but rarely considers other forms of non-knowledge. Literature on non-knowledge does not provide practical classifications for decision unknowns. This research seeks to find patterns in decision related unknowns. These patterns shall serve to derive elements and principles of a competent handling of non-knowledge; this would allow teaching non-knowledge literacy. Handling non-knowledge at work often remains implicit. As a cultural effort, non-knowledge literacy would be a competence that invites changes in mind-set, behaviour and institutional structures. Non-knowledge literate professionals would be able to understand, explain and strategically handle their unknowns.
160225 Lara NKL Poster IPCCPRINT.pdf
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+++ 30 November 2015. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management launches latest report about its activities (2013-2015) +++
+++ 15 to 19 of November 2015. 30 experts and stakeholders from 12 European countries, who are dedicated to ecological research on and conservation of old and free-willed European Beech forest ecosystems, gathered on the Isle of Vilm and conducted an intensive workshop, organised by the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, to exchange recent findings. As one of the results of the workshop they agreed on the Vilm resolution Beech Forest Network of Europe. They call for a logging moratorium in old-growth forests +++
+++ 8-15 November 2015. MARISCO training course for a delegation from Democratic People's Republic of Korea interested in the promotion of Biosphere Reserves of the Korean peninsula. Korean scientists and conservationists belonging to various institutions accompanied by Kosima Weber Liu from Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP), China, stay in Eberswalde conducting a first vulnerability assessment of Mount Myohyang Biosphere Reserve in the mountain range 'Paektu Daegan'+++
+++ 6 November 2015. Writtle College principal Prof Steve Waite and the president of Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development Prof Wilhelm-Günther Vahrson meet in Eberswalde and talk with Centre directors (and board members of the Centre registered society) about future collaboration +++
+++ 14 October 2015. Dr Hermann Ott, Senior Advisor Global Sustainablity and Welfare Strategies at the President's Unit, Wuppertal Institute and former member of the German Bundestag, delivered a presentation on the commission of inquiry (so-called Enquete Commission) on growth, prosperity and quality of life, invited by the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management and the Faculty of Forest and Environment, Eberswalde University. He also gave a seminar for Global Change Management students +++
+++ 13 October 2015. Prof Dr Alfons Balmann was the invited guest of the most recent Eberswalde Sustainability Society meeting, which is jointly organised with the city of Eberswalde and the Heinrich Boell Foundation Brandenburg. He is member of the advisory board for agricultural politics of the Federal Ministry for Nutrition and Agriculture and co-author of a critical study on the keeping of farm animals +++
+++ October 2015. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management has been described in the Guild HE report ‘Excellence in Diversity - celebrating the diversity of UK higher education’ in the ‘Local and Global Impact’ section. Full report here (case study on page 50) +++
+++ 16 September 2015. Interview on participation of citizens in ecosystem management with Pierre Ibisch was published by Deutsche Umweltstiftung (in German) +++
+++ 16 September 2015. At an international workshop in Öskemen / Ust Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management delivers the final products of a project funded and accompanied by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the German Federal Environmental Agency, and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN): a management plan and a nomination dossier for the proposed Great Altay Transboundary Biosphere Reserve comprising protected areas in Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. The management document is available as free download +++
+++ September 2015. A publication about lessons learned from numerous case studies where MARISCO was applied has been launched thanks to support by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ):
Ibisch, P. L. & P.R. Hobson (eds.) 2015. MARISCO. Adaptive MAnagement of vulnerability and RISk at COnservation sites. Lessons from case studies applying the MARISCO approach. Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, Eberswalde (ISBN 978-3-9817639-0-4) +++
+++ July 2015. Pierre Ibisch has been confirmed as member of the board of the Deutsche Umweltstiftung ('German Environment Foundation'). Together with former MP and Senior Advisor for Global Sustainability and Welfare Strategies of the Wuppertal Institute Hermann Ott he was elected as vice-chair of the board. The author Jörg Sommer was confirmed as chair. Further members of the board are the urban developer Hans Leo Bader and the German MP Ute Vogt. The Deutsche Umweltstiftung is Germany's oldest and biggest citizen foundation +++
+++ July 2015. Another MARISCO mission to Namibia has been accomplished. The adaptation of the methodological steps for working with local farmers and members of two community-based conservancies facilitated the achievement of very useful and interesting results +++
+++ 30 May 2015. Together with the Ukrainian National Forestry University (UNFU) in Lviv we organise a symposium about NATURE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT IN THE CARPATHIANS: DECISION-MAKING FOR SUSTAINABILITY. This activity is part of our 10th annual student excursion to Ukraine introducing students from Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and Writtle College to biosphere reserves and natural resource management in a transformation country +++
UNFU_HNEE_Lviv sustainability symposium [...]
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+++ 27-30 April. In the context of a project funded by WWF, a group of experts representing FSC International, FSC Russia, WWF Russia, WWF Germany, as well as the University of Archangelsk and a forestry company from Archangelsk, stayed in Eberswalde and participated in a project workshop organised by the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management. The workshop was about understanding the situation of the forest in Archangelsk region and evaluating the effectiveness of Russian FSC standard (Forest Stewardship Council) in addressing relevant threats to forest ecosystems. The evaluation methodology is based on MARISCO +++
+++ On 16-20 March 2015 a matchmaking event was held in Brasilia, Brazil to start off NoPa II (New Partnerships: Innovation for Sustainable Development), a program jointly implemented by CAPES, GIZ and DAAD focusing on two theme areas: Protection and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, and Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency. During this event, the first ideas for a cooperation between the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management and the Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz were developed. Additionally, Axel Schick, the representative of the Centre had the chance to share some econical ideas with the participants at a round table discussion +++
+++ January to April 2015. Centre teams have run MARISCO workshops and training courses for the Michael Succcow Foundation in Greifswald, and for GIZ in Georgia, Namibia and Brasil ... +++
+++15 November. The MARISCO method – Adaptive Management of vulnerability and Risk at Conservation sites – has been presented at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia. Together with representatives of WWF International, GIZ, and others, Pierre Ibisch participated in a session called “Tools Marketplace for Responding to Climate Change”, which was organized under the thematic stream “Responding to Climate Change”. It represented an opportunity to share a variety of tools and methods to respond to climate change, adaptation or mitigation. After individual presentations, the five speakers of the session participated in a World Café-type workshop discussing the presented methods.
The World Parks Congress is a global forum to identify and communicate solutions involving protected areas for the loss of biodiversity and environmental change. It is held once a decade, and the 2014 congress in Sydney, Australia, under the theme "Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions", brings together up to 6,000 people from ca. 170 countries +++
+++ 6 October 2014. Peter Hobson delivers a paper at the XXIV. IUFRO World Congress in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States (Identifying Potential Tipping Points In Forest Ecosystems Using Vegetation Function Traits And Microclimatic Indicators) +++
+++ 18-28 September 2014. A Centre team visits Colombia, explores two areas in the Andes and the Caribbean region where the Colombian-German development programme PROMAC (Environmental Policy and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources) is implemented. In the city of Barranquilla, a MARISCO workshop with local, regional and national authorities and stakeholders facilitated a deeper understanding of the vulnerability of the study areas +++
+++ September 2014: First international workshop on Econics in Eberswalde from 18 to 19 September 2014: "Econics as an emerging framework for ecosystem-based sustainable development. Ecosystems provide an essential template for socio-economic systems". Participants from Germany, the Netherlands and UK gather to share science and practice in the broad field of econics, promote the science of econics in both academia and practice through the publication of a book and further peer-reviewed papers under joint authorship, and explore the opportunities for developing a framework for future collaboration in both research and sponsored sector-related activities +++
+++ 16-19 September 2014. Centre representatives Monika Hoffmann and Stefan Kreft actively participate in a symposium on roadless areas at the IENE conference in Malmö, Sweden. IENE is a network of experts working with various aspects of transportation, infrastructure and ecology +++
+++ 18 September 2014. Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung launches a study on forest use in Germany ("Wald im Widerstreit der Nutzungsinteressen"; German only). The author of the study is the Centre collaborator Franziska Tucci +++
+++ 10 September 2014. Centre releases position paper on a recent response of the Federal State of Brandenburg to a parliamentary request about forest and forestry (in German). The response was not considered fully satisfying; many answers are vague and do not show that scientific and technical information is used for adaptive decision-making +++
+++ 6 June 2014. Peter Hobson co-authors a publication in Science about EU agricultural policy: EU agricultural reform fails on biodiversity.
"Leading conservation experts writing in the journal Science say that the European Union’s recent agricultural reform is far too weak to have any positive impact on the continent’s shrinking farmland biodiversity, and call on member states to take action.
Scientists, including members of the SCB Europe Section board, warn that after three years of CAP negotiations the environmental reforms are so diluted they will be of no benefit to European wildlife, and biodiversity will continue to decline across the continent ..." Read more .... +++
+++ 19 May 2014 Pierre Ibisch participates as member of the evaluation committee in the PhD defence of Christian Seiler at Wageningen University. His thesis is about the sensitivity of wet and dry tropical forests to climate variability in Bolivia. According to the study, especially dry forests face a grim scenario. They were simulated to virtually disappear, regardless of the potential fertilizing effect of rising concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide, suggesting a higher risk for forest loss along the drier southern fringe of the Amazon. The possibility of a forest dieback poses a serious threat to biodiversity, as well as rural livelihoods.Christian Seiler now works with the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) +++
+++ 13 May 2014. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management organized the second international meeting of Nature & Biodiversity directors to discuss a joint European serial World Heritage Nomination at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in Bonn, Germany. At this second meeting on government level within the Research and Development Project “European World Heritage Beech Forests” (BfN) the German Ministry hosted representatives of respective Environment Ministries from eight countries (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and Ukraine). Romania was represented by its Secretary of State for Forests, Mr. Catalin Diaconescu.
The workshop participants discussed the World Heritage nomination process and the results of the European screening process regarding the selection of most valuable primeval and ancient beech forest protected areas with potential to be included in a possible extension nomination to the existing World Heritage Property “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Ancient Beech Forest of Germany”. A growing number of countries is supporting the process +++
+++ April 2014. The directors of the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Managament travel to the Koreas and explore the potential for ecoregional conservation in the Baekdu daegan, a mountain chain that represents the ecological backbone of the Korean peninsula. In a series of meetings and events as well as on field trips they learn about ecological challenges and institutional needs. Pierre Ibisch and Peter Hobson were accompanied by Sebastian Schmidt, managing director of the Michael Succow Foundation +++
+++ 2-3 April 2014. Beech Forests – Joint Natural Heritage of Europe. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management facilitated the third expert workshop within the Research and Development project “European World Heritage Beech Forests” at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management in Vienna, Austria.
44 participating experts from 20 European countries (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom) revised, discussed and finally selected the most promising candidate areas for a possible extension nomination to the existing World heritage Property “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Ancient Beech Forests of Europe”.
The overall outcome of the revision includes 45 areas (“Vienna Short List”). These represent a finite and complete picture of the beech forest distribution in Europe, which is needed to describe and understand the on-going ecological process of post-glacial beech forest expansion across all Beech Forest Regions. This is underlining their additional value in terms of the contribution to the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV). This “Vienna Short List” represents a suggestion on expert level – the final decision will be made on national government level of the related State Parties +++
+++ 17-27 March 2014. As consultant for GIZ Pierre Ibisch presents the MARISCO methodology and approach to projects, practitioners and decision makers in Brasil. A special emphasis was given to conservation mosaicos in the Mata Atlantica region. Presentations were delivered in the Ministry for Environment in Brasilia, Porto Seguro (Mosaico Extremo sul do Bahia), Antonina (Mosaico Lagamar), and in the Ministry of Environment of the Federal State of Paraná, Curitiba. A final event in Brasilia was opened by the Secretary of State for Biodiversity and Forests Roberto Brandão Cavalcanti, the coordinator for Research and Monitoring of ICMBio (Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade), Katia Ribeiro, and Ingrid Prem, GIZ coordinator for the Tropical Forests Programme of the German development cooperation in Brazil +++
+++ 25-28 February 2014. Representatives for the adjacent protected areas Katon-Karagai National Park in Kazakhstan and Katunskiy Biosphere in Russia reaffirmed their willingness to cooperate closely and strive for the establishment of a large Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Altai. At a workshop in Ust-Kamenogorsk, East Kazakhstan, the participants acknowledged the considerable potential this would have in securing the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development in the Altai Mountains.
The workshop was facilitated by the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, Eberswalde, Germany, and carried out in the framework of the project “Development of a management plan for the projected Transboundary Biosphere Reserve (TBR) Altai”, sponsored by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). Read more ... +++
+++ 21 February 2014. The English online version of the MARISCO guidebook is launched. MARISCO is a method for adaptive management at any site where biodiversity conservation and ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change are regarded as integral and indispensable elements of sustainable development. The method was developed and tested in a series of projects in Latin America, Europe and Asia, across different cultures and biomes. The guidebook is produced in collaboration with GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit).
Currently, Spanish and Portuguese versions are being prepared for publication.
Recently, MARISCO was mentioned in a Technical Paper of the Framework Convention on Climate Change ("Best practices and available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for understanding and assessing impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change") +++
+++ 19-20 December 2013. As last official activity in 2013 the centre staff was happy to host the annual meeting of the Policy Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology - Europe Section. After this meeting Pierre Ibisch's second term in the SCB Board of Directors and his role as chair of the Policy Committee comes to an end. Stefan Kreft has been just elected as a new member of the European Board of Directors. Apart from Pierre, Stefan and also Peter Hobson, representatives from Czech Republic (Pavel Kindlman), France (Ioan Ciumasu), Israel/Germany (Guy Pe'er), and Poland (Nuria Selva) were members of the committee who joined the meeting. After 2005 and 2009 it was the third meeting of the European SCB Policy Committee to be held in Eberswalde +++
+++ 22/25 November 2013. A project workshop has been held together with representatives of Defensores de la Naturaleza, Guatemala, and OroVerde. We have discussed achievements related to the proposal of a risk management system for Lacandón National Park in Petén, Guatemala. The centre is involved since 2011 in the "Lacandón - Forests for Life" project funded by the European Union and the International Climate Initiative of the German Ministry for Environment +++
+++ 6 November 2013. Lisa Freudenberger is the first doctoral student with the Centre to obtain her doctoral degree. The successful defence of her dissertation on ecosystem-based adaptation of priority-setting in nature conservation to global change was celebrated in Potsdam. The research was carred out under the cooperative graduate programme "Adaptive Nature Conservation under Climate Change" funded by Potsdam University, University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde, the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research and Culture and by the European Social Fund+++
+++ 5 November 2013. The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management organized an international meeting of Nature & Biodiversity directors to discuss a joint European serial World Heritage Nomination at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in Bonn, Germany. This first meeting on government level within the Research and Development Project “European World Heritage Beech Forests” (BfN) was dedicated to inform participating representatives of respective Environment Ministries of eight countries (Austria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine) about the background of the World Heritage nomination process and the interim results of the European screening process regarding the selection of most valuable primeval and ancient beech forest protected areas with potential to be included in a possible extension nomination to the existing World Heritage Property “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Ancient Beech Forest of Germany”. The participants expressed their interest in the process +++
+++ October 2013. MARISCO workshops for GIZ in Peruvian Amazon. A vulnerability workshop was implemented in Puerto Inca, Huanuco, together with authorities and strakeholders of the province, and a strategy workshop in Pucallpa complemented the work for the Regional Imiria Reserve in Ucayali. The workshops were prepared and moderated by Pierre Ibisch and Axel Schick +++
+++ 26-28 September 2013. Centre staff runs a workshop at DAAD post-graduate academy "Internationally organizing sustainability" in Wandlitz, Brandenburg. Pierre Ibisch and Daniela Aschenbrenner are responsible for the Latin America group: "Ecosystem-Based Development and Adaptation to Global Change in Latin America". Participants of the group are students from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany and Guyana +++
+++ Prof. Vahrson, president of Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, together with Prof. Guericke, dean of the Faculty of Forest and Environment, and Centre staff welcomes a delegation from Korea, which is going to learn about challenges German biosphere reserves and civil society's contributions to nature conservation. The delegation will also work on strategic conservation planning for Baekdu daegan mountains. The visit is part of DBU-funded German-Korean project +++
+++ 18-21 September 2013. An international workshop organized by the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management produced a short list of the most valuable beech forests in Europe to be proposed to governments as potential component parts of an extended UNESCO World Heritage Site dedicated to ancient European beech forests. The workshop in Rakhiv, Ukraine, was funded by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and hosted by the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve. The experts came from Albania, Austria, Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and United Kingdom +++
+++ 17 September 2013. Peter Hobson and Pierre Ibisch deliver oral presentations at the conference "Primeval and ancient beech forests of Europe: problems of protection and sustainable use" in Rakhiv, Ukraine, organized by the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve (CBR). The conference was organized to celebrate the 45th anniversay of the reserve. The scientific paper's title was "Forest econics: mimicking processes and pathways in old growth forest to promote sustainable forestry under global change". Additionally, the centre directors reported about the 8 years of cooperation with CBR teaching biosphere reserve management and natural resource management in transformation countries. Student groups and reseachers from Eberswalde (since 2006) and also Writtle College (since 2008) regularly visit CBR +++
+++ 28 August to 8 September 2013. The international DAAD course “Adaptive Conservation Management in the Transboundary Bjeshket e Nemuna/ Prokletije Mountain Area” was held in northern Albania. Master and doctoral students from Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro, together with international students from Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany, learned modern concepts and methods related to ecosystem diagnostics analysis and biodiversity conservation under global change. They were introduced to the so-called MARISCO approach factoring risk and vulnerability management into the planning for maintaining biological diversity and ecosystem services as a basis for a sustainable human wellbeing. The course was implemented in the context of the DAAD-funded project "Cooperative Transboundary Learning for Ecosystem Management +++
+++ September 2013. Earta Nuna from Albania concluded as third junior researcher a research stay at the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management. In July, Drazana Radonjc, Montenegro and Bledar Pulaj, Kosovo, finished their internships. All of them were involved in the Centre's project on the potential expansion of the European Beech World Heritage Site and compiled valuable dossiers about old-growth beech forests of their respective countries that are used as technical input for an international workshop in Ukraine in September. The internships were realized in the context of the DAAD-funded project "Cooperative Transboundary Learning for Ecosystem Management +++
+++ 20 August 2013. Pierre Ibisch was appointed by Prof. Margret Wintermantel, president of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), to serve again, from 2014-2017, as member of the selection panel "Quality Network Biodiversity" (Qualitätsnetz Biodiversität). This DAAD programme, with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, supports cooperations between German scientists and alumni and academic institutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America +++
+++ August 2013 - Article in Ecological Complexity 'A global map of the functionality of terrestrial ecosystems' is among the Top 5 Highly Downloaded Articles. Top 5 most downloaded articles will be freely accessible until 31st October 2013 +++
+++ 20 August 2013. Pierre Ibisch participated at an international conference on biodiversity conservation in the Baekdu-daegan mountains in Seoul, South Korea. The conference was organized by the Korean Forest Service (KFS) and the Korean Society for Environment and Ecology (KESS). The Centre cooperates with Korean institutions for the empowerment of civil society in nature conservation. The project "Baekdu-daegan - Korean-German dialogue about empowerment of civil society, communication and education for nature conservation as basis for sustainable development" is funded by DBU. In his oral presentation, Pierre Ibisch encouraged South Korean partners to envision a mega-biosphere reserve Baekdu-daegan, which could also represent a key step towards a joint peace park with North Korea, as well as towards transboundary cooperation even strechting out to China and Russia. The conference was held at Korean Forestry Research Institute. International participants also came from China and USA. The group of speakers and researchers shared valuable experiences during a pre-conference field trip through Baekdu-daegan mountains +++
+++ August 2013. A participatory MARISCO workshop for the Imiria regional protected area in Peruvian Amazon was held in the city of Pucallpa. Pierre Ibisch moderated the first vulnerability analysis of the site together with Axel Schick, GIZ. Among the participants were regional and local stakeholders as well as representatives of the national protected area service from Lima (SERNANP) and colleagues from other regions (Cuzco). A second strategy workshop is to follow in October +++
+++ July 2013. Pierre Ibisch, as one of the representatives of the Society for Conservation Biology - Europe Section participated in a symposium on ‘roadless areas’ as important target areas for biodiversity conservation in Baltimore, USA (ICCB 2013) +++
+++ May 2013. Visit to Ecuador. A MARISCO workshop has been accomplished in Ecuador, in the framework of consultancy work for GIZ and KfW (GOPA). Two municipal protected areas in Morona Santiago, which are supported in the context of the German development cooperation (GIZ/KfW), have been accompanied with a strategic vulnerability analysis. A second workshop with local staff and stakeholders was held in Limón Indanza. Local mayors, representatives of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environmnt, German development cooperation, and NGO were informed in feedback meetings in Limón Indanza, San Juán Bosco and Quito +++
+++ May 2013. Christoph Nowicki and Pierre Ibisch have visited the Otonga and Otongachi reserves in the Western cordillera of Ecuador, which are owned and managed by the Fundación Otonga. Dr. Giovanni Onore, founder and coordinator of the reserves introduced the visitors to the latest and impressing conservation achievements. 17 years ago, Christoph Nowicki carried out field work in the Otonga and now witnessed fascinating forest regeneration on former pasture land within the reserve. On the picture, Dr. Giovanni Onore presents recovered secondary forest in an expansion area of the Otonga +++
+++ 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 +++