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Workshop of the cooperative graduate programme „Adaptive Nature Conservation under Climate Change“ at the International Academy for Nature Conservation at the Isle of Vilm

The doctoral students and professors of the cooperative graduate programme “Adaptive Nature Conservation under Climate Change” came together at the International Academy for Nature Conservation at the Isle of Vilm next to Rügen from the 7th to 10th December. They presented the individual doctoral projects and discussed general conceptual and organizational issues.

The complex dependence of humans on nature is not adequately addressed by research and policy

Solutions must be radical, says new study presented in cooperation with the cooperative graduate programme at the global biodiversity summit in Nagoya, Japan

The conservation of functioning ecosystems is a prerequisite for long-term human well-being and the continued existence of civilization on Earth. Unfortunately, the dependence of humans on nature has become rather obscure to most people. A new book published by the Secretariat of the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity, which is launched at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties currently held in Nagoya, Japan, presents an analysis of the complex interrelationships of biodiversity and human development.

Launch of the cooperative graduate programme “Adaptive Nature Conservation under Climate Change”

The new cooperative graduate programme “Adaptive Nature Conservation under Climate Change” was launched on Friday the 8th of May during a kick-off event.
Within this framework nine new doctorate students will be developing strategies for the conservation of biological diversity under the conditions of environmental change. The research projects will be carried out at Potsdam University and University of Applied Sciences Eberswalde and under participation of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Impact Research. The aim of the programme is not only to project future changes of biodiversity but also to develop new concepts for practical application in nature conservation through collaboration of the different participating institutions.

The different doctorate theses cover experimental and modelling projects as well as the analysis of compensation payment for ecosystem services and genetic species conservation strategies for amphibians. The graduate programme, which is associated to the Potsdam Graduate School of Potsdam University, offers a platform for research and knowledge exchange and provides the framework for a structured doctorate education.
 

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