DAAD Alumni Seminar and European Conference of Tropical Ecology 2020

DAAD Alumni Seminar "International Forest Assessment and Sustainable Forest Management – International research networks and their relevance for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework" CANCELLED

March16th - 23rd, in Goettingen and Leipzig, Germany

followed by the participation in the European Conference of Tropical Ecology 2020 March 24th - 27th, in Leipzig, Germany
the interdisciplinary platform for discussing major challenges and future opportunities in tropical ecology


Forests contribute to the human well-being worldwide. They play a fundamental role in fighting rural poverty, ensuring food security and providing adequate livelihoods. They offer promising green growth opportunities and important long-term ecosystem services such as clean air and water, protection of biodiversity and mitigation of climate change. But they have also changed through their use in a dynamic and diverse way.
More and more detailed information on national forest resources can be provided and global forest trends become visible. The rate of forest loss is declining and indicators for sustainable forest management are showing positive progress. At the same time, laws and regulations are not always associated with effective incentives or enforcement. Unsustainable forest practices and forest transformation continue, despite increased efforts.
Forest research can provide evidence and solutions to support policies. But due to the diverse functions of forests, the success of research initiatives is strongly dependent on cooperation between natural, economic and social science disciplines, as well as intensive cooperation with local interest groups and decision-makers. It therefore remains the task of research networks to strengthen the transfer of knowledge through the appreciation of forests and biological diversity in society.
In 2020, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will adopt a new strategic framework. The discussions are very relevant for forest ecosystems. Therefore, forest researchers and networks should be strongly involved.

The alumni aims at training in three selected topics (1) forest assessment, (2) forest use and protection, (3) post-2020 framework on global biodiversity, especially with regard to the worldwide networking possibilities at the interface of research and policy. In three practical workshops and project presentations it will present and work on current methods and thus fit in thematically with the conference title "The Future of Tropical Ecosystems - New Insights and Innovative Methods".

The seminar and conference visit are offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the framework of the program Alumni Special Projects (www.daad.de/alumni-special-projects). The International DAAD Alumni Seminar is organized and hosted by the University of Goettingen. The costs will be mainly covered by funds from the DAAD provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The seminar is scheduled in the run-up to the European Conference of Tropical Ecology 2020 (https://www.soctropecol-conference.eu/), jointly organized by the University of Leipzig and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research.

Call for Applications is closed