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Wednesday, June 16 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Cooperation on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services convened LifeWatch ERIC and DSI, South Africa

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Science (IPBES and IPCC) and Policy (the global post-2020 biodiversity framework and the EU Biodiversity Strategy) clearly underline that biodiversity loss can only be successfully addressed if transformative changes will be initiated, accelerated, and up-scaled. There is however hardly any knowledge on potentials and challenges arising from transitions focused on biodiversity. System-level change of this kind starts through social innovation, for example, regulations, incentives, local and participatory processes, and through the introduction of new technologies, new processes of production, or consumer products, which change how socio-technical and socio-ecological systems operate and impact their environment. Such transformative change must decrease the impacts of indirect drivers of biodiversity loss, which are in turn, underpinned by societal values and behaviours. Indirect drivers of biodiversity loss are understood here as: Production and consumption patterns, human population dynamics and trends (including their footprints), trade, technological innovations, local to global governance (including financing). Research and innovation can enable these transformative changes to happen and initiate processes, behaviour changes and actions which are transforming the way we impact biodiversity. Socio-economic and multidisciplinary research, including on the role of education, will develop knowledge and tools to understand the role of transformative change for biodiversity policy making, address the indirect drivers for biodiversity loss, and accelerate biodiversity-relevant transformative changes in our society.
Cooperation between Africa and Europe will promote knowledge and practices exchange as required to attain regional and global policies, specifically the ones directly on actions towards halting biodiversity loss is a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 15) but also to other SDGs strongly linked to it. Keeping ecosystems resilient and safeguarding our planet’s biodiversity is fundamental to poverty eradication, human health and wellbeing. Biodiversity is essential not only to the proper functioning of Earth systems, it is also key to the delivery of ecosystem services that are crucial to human dignity and wellbeing.These biodiversity-dependant ecosystem services include the provision of potable water, food and fibres, soil fertility, maintenance of the genetic databank of biodiversity, climate regulation, and recreational and aesthetic values among others. Biodiversity and cultural diversity are intricately linked. A diverse world gives us the flexibility to adapt to change, including climate change. Biodiversity therefore underpins most SDGs and its loss constitutes a threat to both security and peace and shall be a central point of cooperation among Africa and Europe.


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Zeinab Osman

Director General, National Center for Research
Professor Zeinab A. Osman obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from University of Khartoum and her PhD from University of Lorraine, France in Science and Industrial Technologies. She joined the staff of the National Center for Research in 1994. She is the principal investigator in... Read More →
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Kogilam Govender

Department of Science and Innovation
Ms Kogilam Govender is the Deputy Director Global Change and Sustainability at the Department of Science and Innovation. In this capacity, she promotes the development of research, the production of scientific knowledge and capacity in the field of global change. She has over 15 years... Read More →
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Christos Arvanitidis

CEO, Lifewatch ERIC
LifeWatch ERIC CEO. PhD in Marine Biology. Former Director of Research in IMBBC, HCMR. Involved in more than 60 research and education projects, coordinated more than 7. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Editorial member in several peer-reviewed Journals... Read More →
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Juan Miguel González-Aranda

CTO, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
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Juliana Chaves

Senior environmental consultant, Lifewatch ERIC
Ms. Juliana Chaves Chaparro (female) is a Senior International Consultant with extended expertise in Sustainable Development and Gender equality in Africa and LAC regions . She currently collaborating with LifeWatch ERIC as Biodiversity and Ecosystem services expert. Prior to this... Read More →
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Yaw Agyeman

Research Fellow, University of Ghana
As a sustainability scientist, Yaw draws on both conceptual and theoretical approaches to examine the implications of human-nature interactions. His research and teaching interests centre around climate change and sustainability assessment with a specific focus on biodiversity and... Read More →
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Maxwell Otim Onapa

Director of Science, Research and Innovation, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI), Uganda
Dr. Maxwell Otim Onapa is a biomedical scientist who has specialized in the development and management of Science, Technology and Innovation and their integration into the national development process. He currently works as Director Science, Research and Innovation at the Ministry... Read More →
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Alberto Basset

Interim Head, LifeWatch ERIC
Dr. Alberto Basset is the interim Head of the LifeWatch-ERIC Service Centre. He is full professor of Ecology at the University of Salento, with main research interests in biodiversity organisation and ecosystem functioning with a particular focus on aquatic ecosystems. Since 2015... Read More →
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Fernando Rodríguez

Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Salamanca
I work in economic valuation of Natural Capital by way of the valuation of Ecosystem Services, with the goal of providing tools to take better, sustainable decisions 

Wednesday June 16, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: South Africa