23 February 2020 - 28 February 2020
Davos, Switzerland

World Biodiversity Forum
Finding acceptable options for biodiversity

IIASA's ESM researchers Martin Jung, Myroslava Lesiv, David Leclere & Piero Visconti will present their latest IIASA-led research at the first World Biodiversity Forum.

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IIASA Postdoctoral Research Scholar Martin Jung will present the first results from the Naturemap initiative, that aims to develop global integrated maps of biodiversity, carbon storage and other contributions of nature to people. Furthermore he is going to highlight the first attempts at mapping global terrestrial habitat types in support of upcoming biodiversity assessments in a separate poster session. Also linked to the Naturemap iniative, IIASA Research Scholar Myroslava Lesiv will present the first results of the global campaign for mapping the human impact on forests based on remote sensing and citizen science data. In addition, Research scholar David Leclere will introduce the Bending the Curve framework, an ensemble modelling approach set out to quantify ambitious options and scenarios to avert further biodiversity loss in the years to come. Piero Visconti, a Research Scholar at the ESM section, will join the World Biodiversity Forum to debate and support actions on defining the global agenda for biodiversity over the next 10 years, set to be aligned with the Convention on Biological Diversity at the end of 2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Martin Jung: A Global Map Of Species Terrestrial Habitat Types

Martin Jung: Global Areas Of Importance For Species Conservation And Carbon Storage

Talk in the session: Solution-oriented scenarios to the loss and restore global biodiversity

David Leclere: Reversing Terrestrial Biodiversity Declines Due To Habitat Loss: A Model Ensemble Approach

Talk in the session: Solution-oriented scenarios to the loss and restore global biodiversity

Myroslava Lesiv: Mapping Human Impact On Forests At Global Scale

Talk in the session: Remote Sensing for Biodiversity Monitoring II

About the World Biodiversity Forum

The Fo­rum will pro­vide a plat­form for ex­change, cov­er­ing a wide range of per­spec­tives, and cap­tur­ing a di­ver­si­ty of vi­sions. With this, it aims to re­de­fine and set the agen­da for bio­di­ver­si­ty as a fo­cal point over the next 10 years in cur­rent themes and top­ics across sec­tors. In this, the Fo­rum sup­ports the “New Deal for Na­ture” to be forged by the Con­ven­tion on Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­si­ty at the end of 2020. It is aligned with Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals and achieve­ment of which will re­quire the in­volve­ment of all sec­tors/so­ci­etal ac­tors, so­ci­etal con­sen­sus and col­lec­tive search for so­lu­tions to con­serve bio­di­ver­si­ty.

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Martin Jung

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Biodiversity Ecology and Conservation

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Myroslava Lesiv

Research Scholar

Novel Data Ecosystems For Sustainability

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David Leclere

Research Scholar

Integrated Biosphere Futures

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Piero Visconti

Research Group Leader

Biodiversity Ecology and Conservation

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Leclere, D., Obersteiner, M. , Alkemade, R., Almond, R., Barrett, M., Bunting, G., Burgess, N., Butchart, S., et al. (2018). Towards pathways bending the curve terrestrial biodiversity trends within the 21st century. IIASA


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