Future Earth is a new international research initiative launched in June 2012 under the auspices of the Alliance for Global Sustainability. Its aim is to develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and for supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades.
DIVERSITAS attended the historic first session of IPBES on behalf of ICSU, in Bonn, Germany from 21st to 26th January, 2013. See here for key outcome of IPBES-1 including "First impressions" by A Larigauderie
GEO BON is developing a set of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) that would be necessary to derive the CBD operational indicators for the 20 Aichi targets. Each EBV focuses on primary measurements, and talks to multiple indicators and targets. Many indicators and targets are informed by multiple EBVs.
A consortium of DIVERSITAS, Université Paris-Sud XI, FFCUL, the PBL-Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia and UNEP-WCMC have been selected by the CBD to prepare the scenario assessment for the upcoming Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4)
ecoHEALTH DEBED granted by CESAB (France) and post-doc position open
The DEBED project BIODIS, Disentangling the linkages between biodiversity and emerging infectious diseases, received a grant from the French Centre for Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB). BIODIS is opening a post-doctoral position in disease ecology to coordinate BIODIS
Third New Commons Workshop: Building Resilience with Common Capital: Managing shared resources
This project is a joint endeavour between IHDP, DIVERSITAS, the Asia-Pacific Network for global change research (APN), and the United Nations University (UNU-ISP), which held its final workshop on 3-5 December 2012 in Kobe, Japan
The plant trait database initiative (TRY) is organising a symposium on "Plant functional ecology and vegetation modelling in a new data rich world" at the BES/INTECOL Congress, held in London the 18 - 23 August 2013