TIGERS-TALK 21 16.11.17 Christoph Häuser

Biodiversity information and international environmental agreements & mechanisms – challenges and opportunities for Europe

Carl-Vogt at 12.15, room 2: 
 
Dr. Christoph L. Häuser, Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science, Berlin

Abstract:

Sustainable management of the Earth's natural resources requires reliable, comprehensive scientific information, especially on the biosphere. In the case of biodiversity, the inherently high complexity and the large degree of fragmentation of observation and monitoring programs and data sets continue to pose significant challenges, especially for achieving higher levels of data integration and targeted information delivery towards political audiences and stakeholders. Traditionally biodiversity has been and for large components continues to be recorded by on ground ("in situ") techniques, but new high resolution satellite imagery (e.g., through the EU Copernicus program), large scale data sets from meta-genomics, and technological innovations in other sectors put biodiversity information in the realm of "big data" also providing new approaches and opportunities for more comprehensive analysis and forecasting.

In the light of the high diversity of existing multilateral environmental political instruments and agreements including different international assessments, this talk will address both challenges and opportunities arising from the digital / data revolution, and the need for targeted and integration biodiversity information. The important role of newly established and emerging information infrastructures for biodiversity information, international data standards, and the need for free access and availability of data sources will be highlighted, as well as the possible value of essential biodiversity variables (EBVs) and other approaches towards unified indicators will be discussed.

Short bio: 

Dr. Christoph L. Häuser is Deputy Director and in charge of project coordination, international cooperation, and science policy at the Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science in Berlin, Germany since 2009. With a background in evolutionary biology and systematic entomology, his current research interests focus on applications of information technology to taxonomy and biodiversity documentation, monitoring, and assessment. He has been actively engaged with international biodiversity informatics initiatives, both at the scientific as well as at the organisational and science-policy level, e.g., the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the Catalogue of Life (CoL), the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI) under the CBD, and the Group of Earth Observation (GEO). Practical applications and more generally the mobilization, sharing and impact of biodiversity information and scientific knowledge for national and international biodiversity and environmental policy have become a main motivation for engaging with relevant bodies and fora at European and global levels (CBD, IPBES, GEO BON).

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