agroBIODIVERSITY a Cross-Cutting Network of DIVERSITAS

A NEW SCIENCE AGENDA FOR BIODIVERSITY IN SUPPORT OF SUSTAINABLE AGROECOSYSTEMS The agroBIODIVERSITY cross-cutting network network of DIVERSITAS aims to inspire and facilitate interdisciplinary research for understanding the role of biological diversity in agricultural landscapes. The activities span the continuum from basic to applied research across eight benchmark sites worldwide and include adaptive land management […]

Water-Ecosystem Services, Drought, and Environmental Justice. First Millenium Conference

The ESA Governing Board is pleased to announce that the first Millennium Conference, Water-Ecosystem Services, Drought, and Environmental Justice, will be held November 9-12, 2009, in Athens, Georgia. The conference is being co-chaired by Ted Gragson of the University of Georgia and Steward Pickett of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. This Conference will bring […]

Help wanted to write book of life

 A virtual book of all life on Earth is being created by UK and US scientists. The online reference work will create a detailed world map of flora and fauna and track changes in biodiversity. The database, dubbed a “macroscopic observatory”, will be populated with data about local species gathered by members of the public. […]

UNEP Ecosystem Management Programme – A new approach to sustainability

The UNEP Ecosystem Management Programme aims to transform sector-based environmental management into an ecosystem-based approach that integrates forests, land, freshwater, and coastal ecosystems where they impact upon the overall delivery of ecosystem services. The new programme is guided by five major interlinked elements: human well-being, indirect and direct drivers of change, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem […]

Biodiversity conservation: Accounting for the diversity of values in nature and society

by Franz W. Gatzweiler February 2009, Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung  (Center for Development Research University of Bonn) Some interesting findings in the policy brief : Biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation have led to economic losses which dwarf the losses of the current financial crisis. Biodiversity loss involves high risks and irreversibilities for current and future generations. […]