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Successful workshop for young researchers from China and Germany

International cooperation
On the 14th and 15th July, the BfN, in collaboration with its partners from China, organised a virtual workshop for young researchers to discuss the overarching topic of ‘Ecosystem-based Approaches (EbA) for climate and biodiversity’. The approx. 80 participants developed concrete recommendations to advance EbA research and the potential of interdisciplinary networks and especially the collaboration between Germany and China in the near future.

In close collaboration with the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES) and the United Nations Environment Programme – International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP), the BfN successfully held a workshop to connect young researchers, working on EbA from China and Europe. Alongside discussing the EbA research base, the participants also developed concrete recommendations to strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration, especially between German and Chinese researchers and identified important research gaps that should be addressed to advance EbA for climate and biodiversity. These gaps were e.g. related to: a limited understanding of ecosystem response and adaptation to climate change, the lack of innovative policy instruments to mainstream EbA under different institutional frameworks, the understanding of how to effectively engage society and the private sector, lacking data on EbA application at the regional and landscape level, and the lacking collaboration among non-state actors and different disciplines in EbA implementation. As a key outcome, a briefing note will be developed based on the workshop discussions and submitted to identified decision makers.

Contact at BfN

Lennart Kümper-Schlake
Scientific Officer Division I 2.3 International Nature Conservation
+49 228 8491-1745
Lisa Kopsieker
Scientific Officer Division I 2.3 International Nature Conservation
+49 228 8491-1785
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