77th UNEP/UNESCO/BMU International Short Course on Ecosystem Management - Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Services (SC77)

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Фев 25 2019

In the past four decades, the world has lost more than half of its biological diversity. This is a global, human-induced process, described as the Holocene extinction.

The primary mechanisms driving this rapid decrease in biodiversity are habitat and ecosystem destruction and degradation, chemical pollution, the introduction of non-native species and over-exploitation of natural resources, to mention the most important ones. As climate change and growing human populations further exacerbate the problem, the adverse effects on the well-being of vulnerable populations are felt all around the globe.

This challenge is, among others, reflected in the efforts of institutions and programmes like the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2010-2020, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to name a few.

Biodiversity is the resource upon which families, communities, nations and future generations depend. It accounts for all life on the planet, forming interdependent ecosystems, and providing resilient ecological communities. The individual and collective actions taken today – including businesses and governments – are critical for securing the conservation of ecosystems, their biodiversity and their provision of services. This 77th UNEP/UNESCO/BMU International Short Course on Ecosystem Management –Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Services (SC77), in accordance with SDG 15, contributes to “taking urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and, by 2020, protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species” and works towards the overarching target to “ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services.”

The course will cover important ecosystem assessments, introduce participants to a range of different methodologies from the natural and social sciences of assessing and valuing ecosystems services in different societal contexts and convey basics of biodiversity and ecosystem governance. This knowledge is fundamental for involving relevant actors in the transformational path needed for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, ecological restoration, and the continued provision of ecosystem services for human well-being.


This 77th UNEP/UNESCO/BMU International Short Course on Ecosystem Management –Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Services (SC77) will train participants in essential concepts and methods relevant to the interrelationship between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services as well as in different approaches of defining and categorising them. Participants will be familiar with important concepts and methods in the field of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services research and governance. The combination of participatory methods, expert knowledge and techniques to design, implement and monitor sound management strategies at different scales are presented in this course to provide the necessary tools to approach the impacts of biodiversity loss in the context of ecosystems and the services they provide. The participants will be introduced to state-of-the-art ecological theory and learn to apply this knowledge within a socio-economic framework.


This course is designed mainly for managers and decision-makers with a biodiversity-related background and a keen interest in deepening their knowledge and competencies on biodiversity conservation, environmental policies and/or social, economic and political aspects regarding the protection and sustainable use of natural resources. The nomination by the delegating institution is a mandatory prerequisite.

All CIPSEM courses are open to nationals of developing countries, including emerging economies. The primary target group are professionals working in public administrations responsible for tasks in environmental protection, planning, management and economic development in ministries, agencies as well as municipalities. As professional exchange among participants is an essential part of the training, we require a minimum qualification of a first university degree and at least two years of hands-on experience in environmental protection. The preferable age of participants is between 25 and 45 years. Applicants also need to prove a good command of the English language.


Qualified professionals are welcome to apply for this training between 18 February and 01 April 2019 on CIPSEM’s online application portal.

Our International Steering Committee selects the 21 participants of this course by June 2019. Participants stay in our comfortable private studio apartments and receive a stipend to cover basic living expenses. Flights, health insurance etc. will be provided. Our course office provides further manifold assistance. Participants successfully completing this course will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Services.

For more information on the application process, please visit the FAQ section.