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  • Special issue on REDD+ published — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    in order to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation and forest degradation It is primarily implemented in tropical forests The special issue is now published in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability and includes 18 contributions and is edited by Ingrid Visseren Hamakers Aarti Gupta Martin Herold Marielos Peña Claros and Marjanneke J Vijge Contributions provide a historical perspective of the negotiations include lessons learned from current REDD activities discuss co benefits and safeguards propose ways forward to implement this mechanism summarize techniques for carbon estimations and monitoring and much more The link to the Special Issue on Elsevier ScienceDirect is http www sciencedirect com science journal 18773435 4 6 WUR Wageningen University and Research Centre is a partner in the EU funded ROBIN project which is coordinated by ALTER Net s NERC CEH and also involves three other ALTER Net partners Alterra ISE and PIK The special issue contains contributions from staff at WUR and elsewhere Filed under journal research Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed

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  • Newly established IPBES elects its Chair — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    requested UNEP the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO and the United Nations Development Programme UNDP to establish an institutional link with the Platform through a collaborative partnership arrangement for the work of IPBES and its Secretariat Even before IPBES can receive formal requests expectations for the Platform are high Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity CBD when delivering a joint statement of the six biodiversity related conventions said that by working closely together IPBES and the conventions can support their common objectives of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and maintenance of ecosystem services for human well being The Conventions of the Parties COP to the CBD has already requested IPBES to contribute to the preparation of the next global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services to be launched in 2018 and to help countries to implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011 2020 and achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets Similarly requests have been made from the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals CMS and the Ramsar Convention to support their work on the conservation and sustainable use of migratory species of wild animals and on wetlands respectively The meeting requested the development of a stakeholder engagement strategy for IPBES It is expected that the scientific community civil society the business and industry sector as well as representatives from indigenous peoples and local communities will act both as contributors and end users of the Platform The next meeting of IPBES IPBES 2 is provisionally scheduled for the end of 2013 Further information IPBES was established in April 2012 in Panama City Panama and currently has 105 Member States The Platform is an independent intergovernmental body

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  • Late lessons from early warnings - new EEA report — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    Agency EEA in collaboration with a broad range of external authors and peer reviewers The first such report was published in 2001 The case studies across both volumes of Late lessons from early warnings cover a diverse range of chemical and technological innovations and highlight a number of systemic problems The Late Lessons Project illustrates how damaging and costly the misuse or neglect of the precautionary principle can be using case studies and a synthesis of the lessons to be learned and applied to maximising innovations whilst minimising harms The latest volume has sections on health hazards emerging lessons from ecosystems other emerging issues including invasive alien species and GM crops costs justice and innovation and implications for science and governance The full 2013 report is available from the EEA website You can also download the 2001 report Filed under report publication Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback in the UK Oct 10 2014

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  • New journal on ecosystem services; first two issues freely available — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    Board The first two issues are freely available to download on Elsevier s ScienceDirect Ecosystem Services associated with the Ecosystem Services Partnership ESP is an international interdisciplinary journal that deals with the science policy and practice of Ecosystem Services in the following disciplines ecology and economics institutions planning and decision making economic sectors such as agriculture forestry and outdoor recreation and all types of ecosystems The aims of the journal are To improve our understanding of the dynamics benefits and social and economic values of ecosystem services To provide insight in the consequences of policies and management for ecosystem services with special attention to sustainability issues To create a scientific interface to policymakers in the field of ecosystem services assessment and practice and To integrate the fragmented knowledge about ecosystem services synergies and trade offs currently found in a wide field of specialist disciplines and journals Further information Learn more about this journal Volume 1 Volume 2 Filed under journal ALTER Net involvement Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help

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  • BESAFE project featured in International Innovation — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    BESAFE project which involves several ALTER Net member organisations is described in December s issue of International Innovation BESAFE Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Arguments for Our Future Environment aims to consider the contribution that ecosystem services and other types of argumnents can make in demonstrating the importance of biodiversity The results will be used to produce a framework that will give guidance on the effectiveness of alternative arguments and protection strategies in various contexts It is funded under the EU s 7th Framework Programme and is coordinated by Alterra Further information Article in International Innovation see pages 21 23 BESAFE website Filed under ALTER Net involvement Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback in the UK Oct 10 2014 Invasive alien quagga mussel arrives in UK Oct 08 2014 Litter now everywhere in the ocean Jul 14 2014 Nature in the news More ALTER Net is supported by its partner institutes Alterra NL BC CAS

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  • LifeWatch e-infrastructure featured in International Innovation magazine — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    featured in International Innovation magazine Info LifeWatch e infrastructure featured in International Innovation magazine The European LifeWatch initiative is featured in the December 2012 issue of International Innovation Environment an open source magazine LifeWatch is the developing E science European Infrastructure forBiodiversity and Ecosystem Research Once complete users may benefit from integrated access to a variety of data analytical and modeling tools as served by a variety of collaborating initiatives ALTER Net is a founder organisation of LifeWatch Further information International Innovation Environment December 2012 LifeWatch featured on pages 9 11 LifeWatch website Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback in the UK Oct 10 2014 Invasive alien quagga mussel arrives in UK Oct 08 2014 Litter now everywhere in the ocean Jul 14 2014 Nature in the news More ALTER Net is supported by its partner institutes Alterra NL BC CAS CZ CNRS FR CFS CONECOFOR IT CREAF ES CSIC ES DCE DK DSE

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  • Martin Sharman retires — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    Martin has had an enormous impact on biodiversity research in general He has had a major impact on the biodiversity themes in all the European Commission Framework Programmes funding mechanisms A lot of projects in the field of biodiversity have been impacted by him in a very significant way His critical thinking has inspired a broad research community as well as several cohorts of young researchers the future actors Finally through EPBRS and several other processes Martin has systematically built the bridge between policy makers and researchers The research landscape in Europe has to thank him deeply for his inputs and suggestions Martin We wish you all the best in retirement and hope you will continue to support excellent biodiversity research Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback in the UK Oct 10 2014 Invasive alien quagga mussel arrives in UK Oct 08 2014 Litter now everywhere in the ocean Jul 14 2014 Nature in

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  • Paper on stakeholder perceptives of the ecosystem services concept published — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    within the PEER network s PRESS project PEER Research on EcoSystem Services Five of PEER s member organisations are also ALTER Net partners The details of the paper are Hauck Jennifer Gorg Christoph Varjopuro Riku Ratamäki Outi and Jax Kurt 2013 Benefits and limitations of the ecosystem services concept in environmental policy and decision making Some stakeholder perspectives Environmental Science Policy 25 13 21 Abstract The concept of ecosystem services ES is increasingly being used in environmental policy and decision making We report here on the empirical results which emerged from stakeholder discussions within the PRESS PEER Research on EcoSystem Services project on certain unresolved challenges related to the use of the ES concept in decision making The results show that the occurrence of synergies and trade offs between different ES and their relevance for decision making depends significantly on the scale involved in particular regarding the levels of policy formulation and policy implementation respectively and on the specific ways in which ecosystems are managed e g different practices in forestry and agriculture We conclude that using the concept of ecosystem services would enable a comprehensive evaluation of policy impacts Such an evaluation would contribute to an increased congruence between policies by uncovering and discussing trade offs and realize synergies Crucial to this however is a sound assessment that incorporates the diversity of stakeholder perceptions knowledge and preferences at the different scales More information Online http www sciencedirect com science article pii S1462901112001311 More about PRESS Filed under partnership ALTER Net involvement science policy interface paper policy Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive

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