Founding directors of the Centre

Prof. Dr. Pierre Ibisch

As a professor for Nature Conservation Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Pierre Ibisch is with the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany. He has a strong background in conservation and development in South America where he has lived and worked for about a decade. Former dean of the faculty of Forest and Environment and founding head of the international Masters programme Global Change Management (among others, teaching experience in biodiversity conservation, system theory, global change ecology, adaptation). After holding a research professorship for "Biodiversity conservation and natural resource management under global change", in 2015 he was awarded an extraordinary research professorship for "Ecosystem-based sustainable development". In 2019, he was co-founder of the Biosphere Reserves Institute at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and started to serve as one of the scientific chairs.


Pierre  is implementing research projects and consultancy work on the adaptation of conservation to climate/global change in Latin America, Asia and Europe. Ample publication experience (including peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters), editor and author of a major textbook on biodiversity and conservation in Bolivia. Acting as advisor in various conservation and sustainability-related commissions. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Conservation Biology – Europe Section. He serves as vice chair of the board of Deutsche Umweltstiftung. In 2020 he was appointed as trustee of the Board of Trustees of NABU, Germany. Acknowledging his role in developing the coooperation with the Ukrainian National Forestry University in Lviv, in 2019, this institution awarded Pierre an honorary doctorate. 


Prof. Peter Hobson, PhD

Dr. Peter Hobson at Writtle University College, is  research champion for the School of Sustainable Environments. Currently, his research interests include proxy measures of ecosystem resilience and thermodynamic efficiency in forests and other semi-natural landscapes with a view to mitigating against the impacts of climate change. This aspect of research has been carried out in collaboration with international partners including Oulanka Biological Station (Oulu University, Finland), Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (Germany), and with the Ukraine Biosphere Reserve. The findings of this research have been presented at international conferences (e.g., ECCB, IUFRO, COP10 Nagoya meeting) and also published in a variety of formats.


Peter also acts as scientific advisor on various UK Government agency steering groups including the Environment Agency for East of England, the Forestry Commission Regional Woodland Group, and the Chelmsford and Essex Biodiversity Action Group.


How do major global challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss affect forests globally, and what can forest governance and management do? How can we deal with rising and changing demands for forest products and ecosystem services due to global population and economic growth, and urbanisation?


EFI in collaboration with documentary filmmaker Patrick Augenstein, interviewed Pierre Ibisch, Professor at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development.

This was part of the international conference “Governing and managing forests for multiple ecosystem services” that brought together policymakers, practitioners and academic researchers from different fields on 26-28 February in Bonn.

Bio sketch Pierre Ibisch (August 2020)
Bio sketch Pierre_Aug20.pdf
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Summarized CV Pierre Ibisch (2018)
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Pierre Ibisch's list of publications (by November 2021)
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CV summary Peter Hobson
Curriculum Vitae summary PRH 17.pdf
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Peter Hobson selected references
P R Hobson select references.pdf
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Co-directors Pierre Ibisch (left) and Peter Hobson (second from right) with former Writtle College principal Steve Waite (second from left) and Eberswalde university president Wilhelm-Günther Vahrson (right)



The cooperation dates back to 2005, when Pierre and Peter started to work on joint papers and prepared a workshop on nature conservation and climate change at the first European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB) in Eger. 

Peter Hobson and Pierre Ibisch at the first European Congress of Conservation Biology in Eger, Hungary (6 September 2006; photo: Christoph Nowicki).