Scientific activities

DIVERSITAS pursues its science plan in the form of 1) three core projects and 2) several cross-cutting networks. In addition the 3) International Biodiversity Observation Year (IBOY) was an initiative of DIVERSITAS that spanned the whole programme. It was a one-time event to celebrate biodiversity during 2001 and 2002.

1) Core Projects

bioDISCOVERY (Core Project 1) seeks to assess how much biodiversity there is on Earth, develop the scientific basis for monitoring biodiversity and promote the establishment of biodiversity observatories, and understand and predict biodiversity changes.

ecoSERVICES (Core Project 2) strives to expand the science of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning to larger scales and over a greater breadth of the biological hierarchy, to develop an effective means for linking changes in ecosystem structure and functioning to changes in ecosystem services, to assess human response to ecosystem services changes, and feedbacks onto ecological systems; and to Examine the impacts of biodiversity change on human health.

bioSUSTAINABILITY (Core Project 3) develops new knowledge to guide policy and decision making. Its four main objectives are to evaluate the effectiveness of current measures for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, to study the social, political and economic drivers of biodiversity loss, to investigate social choice and decision making, and to understand the interactions between humans and biodiversity in urban ecosystems. Collectively, these activities comprise a cycle of discovery, analysis and information sharing that supports the application of socially relevant knowledge.

2) Cross-cutting networks

Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP)



Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)
Click here for the GMBA Annual Report 2003



International Biodiversity Observation Year (IBOY)


For a complete overview of the scientific activities of DIVERSITAS, consult the DIVERSITAS Science Plan (pdf).


ESSP and its joint projects

DIVERSITAS and its partner global change programmes IGBP, IHDP and WCRP have formed the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP)

with the joint projects:

Global change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START)

Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS)

Global Water System Project (GWSP)

Global Carbon Project (GCP)
Science Framework and Implementation strategy, you can download the pdf file version from:

Global Environmental Change and Human Health
Click here for more information