7-10 September 2005, Danum, Borneo, Malaysia
Biodiversity and Carbon storage - Meeting organised
by the DIVERSITAS Core Project ecoSERVICES
The workshop will explore the relationship between biodiversity
and C storage in forests and plantation forests. Carbon sequestration
schemes have only just begun to incorporate biodiversity considerations
and to ask how changes in biodiversity could increase or decrease C
storage. The workshop aims to review the existing evidence, inspire
future research and link academic research with end-users. The
Biodiversity and C storage meeting will be held at the Danum Valley
Field Centre Sabah, North Borneo, Malaysia. We anticipate that the
meeting will generate:
• a forward-look agenda setting paper
• A body of papers that could form the basis of a short book or
special issue of a journal.
The overall aim is to examine, from ecological and socio-economic
perspectives, how changes in biodiversity may affect carbon storage
and how both concerns can be taken into account in managing ecosystems.
There is far too little research in this area to require a synthesis
meeting but on the other hand there is plenty of relevant background
information that will be helpful to review; the meeting will therefore
be somewhere between a conference and a workshop with a mixture of talks
and discussion sessions. Danum Valley is unusual in having primary forest
of high conservation value as well as forest rehabilitation and enrichment
planting for carbon storage, plus the new biodiversity experiment. The
meeting will therefore take Danum as a sort of case study to provide a
focus for the discussion.
• The opening session will set the scene by giving
an overview and history of the local situation.
• The second session features presentations from
each of the four existing forest biodiversity projects
so that everyone is up to date with the research resources
• DIVERSITAS and the Global Carbon Project want
to develop an agenda for new research at the intersection
of the biodiversity and carbon research areas and the
third session will be a workshop led by Mike Apps and
Andy Hector to make a start on this task.
• Session four features several presentations on
tropical forest ecology as a foundation for understanding
the link between biodiversity and carbon storage in these
• The final session will bring in a socio-economic
perspective on how to combine biodiversity and carbon
concerns in ecosystem management.
• Saturday provides optional fieldtrips including
to the new biodiversity experiment.
Wednesday 7th September 2005 afternoon/early evening session
Arrival, introduction and local context
• Andy Hector and Michel Loreau: The meeting, DIVERSITAS
• Waidi Sinun: History and overview of research
at Danum Valley Field Centre.
• Sam Mannan/Dr Lee Ying Fah: Forests and Forestry
in Sabah - the local context.
• Charles Godfrey: the Royal Society SE Asian Rainforest
• Hans Verweij: Review of a Pre-Kyoto Rainforest
Rehabilitation and Carbon
Sequestration Project in Sabah Malaysia.
Thursday 8th - Morning session
Forest functional ecology and biodiversity experiments
• David Burslem: Mechanisms that maintain diversity
and distribution of tropical tree species.
• Andy Hector: the Sabah biodiversity experiment
and the ecology of palaeotropical dipterocarp forests.
• Catherine Potvin: The Panama experiment and the
ecology of Neotropical forests.
• Julia Koricheva: The Finnish experiment - "Forest
diversity effects on insect and mammalian herbivory in
boreal and temperate ecosystems".
• Detlef Schulze (or representative): the BIOTREE
• Questions and discussion.
Thursday 8th - Afternoon session
Workshop: Developing a research agenda at the intersection
of Biodiversity and Carbon research
• Introduction and Aims: Andy Hector.
• Mike Apps: The carbon cycle and the Global Carbon
Friday 9th - Morning session - Tropical forest
ecology and C storage
• Christian Koerner: Functional aspects of forest
tree species diversity.
• Peter Stoll: Local diversity and species interactions
in a tropical forest.
• Yadvinder Malhi: Relationships between tree diversity
and woody carbon production and storage within forest
plots across the Amazon basin.
• Dan Bunker: Biodiversity loss and above-ground
carbon storage in the BCI forest dynamics plot.
• Questions and discussion.
Friday 9th - Afternoon session - Economic Approaches
to biodiversity and C sequestration
• Michelle Pinard: (To be confirmed).
• Ruth Nussbaum: High Conservation Value Forests
- a practical approach to conservation in an economic
• Pedro Moura Costa: The Carbon Market, Land Use
and Forestry and Biodiversity Implications.
• John O'Niles: Leveraging carbon dollars for biodiversity
conservation - the value of multiple-benefit projects.
• Andy Hector/Michel Loreau - Synthesis, wrap-up,
Saturday 10th - Fieldsite visits.