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The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management offered a workshop on the Globio methodology given by Wilbert van Rooij (Aidenvironment)

On June 22nd the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management launched a workshop on global modelling with the Globio3 Modelling Framework. Doctoral candidates were participating in the workshop as well as other master students and international colleagues.

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/.