Research for the Environment

9th Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the Convention on
Biological Diversity

Diverse landscape in Europe

To protect diverse landscapes is one of the aim of the 9th Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ

Links and contributions of the UFZ biodiversity research

From May 19th - 30th the 9th Conference of the Parties (COP9) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held in Bonn. This conference is regarded as a trend-setter for the future of the CBD, since it will be the last one before the target year of the “2010-target” to globally reduce the rate of the loss of biodiversity significantly before the year 2010. For many of the topics discussed at COP9, a well-founded scientific basis is of great importance.

UFZ-Participation in Policy Processes

At COP9 there are two activities and subjects of discussion which are particularly relevant from a scientific point of view and in which the UFZ participates:

  1. Study on economics of ecosystems and biodiversity (The Economics of Biodiversity and Ecosystems, TEEB)
    The report, which was initiated by the G8+5 Ministers of the Environment in 2006, shall highlight in how many ways human well-being is dependent on biodiversity services and what economic risks its loss would cause. The first progress report will be presented at COP9 by the German Minister of the Environment, Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, the EU-Commissioner of the Environment, Mr. Stavros Dimas and the Study leader, Mr. Pavan Sukhdev from Deutsche Bank London.
    The UFZ participates in the drafting of the report on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Contact persons are Christoph Schröter-Schlaack (, Tel. +49-341/235-1639) and Dr. Heidi Wittmer (, Tel. +49-341/235-1629).
  2. Development of a global advisory body on biodiversity
    Based on the release of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in 2005 and an initiative of France for the establishment of a global mechanism for scientific expertise on biodiversity (IMoSEB-Process), a first draft on how the establishment of a global advisory board on biodiversity (likewise the International Panel on Climate Change IPCC) could be carried out, will be presented at COP9.
    The UFZ has been contributing to the discussion process on several levels, for example by conducting a workshop on the relevance of such processes (documentation see and by analysing the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment from a German perspective (
    Contact persons for these issues are Prof. Christopf Görg (, Tel. +49-341/235-1628) and Dr. Carsten Neßhöver (, Tel. +49-341/235-1649).

UFZ activities at COP9

(Status 2.5.08)

  • - Research exhibition on German biodiversity research in the framework of COP9: The research exhibition has been developed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in cooperation with all major funding agencies and networks taking part in biodiversity research in Germany and is open permanently during COP9. You will find it in a tent of "Campus der Vielfalt" in the area between BMU and Gustav-Stresemann-Institut. Several projects of the Helmholtz Association and the UFZ will be presented there.
    Campus der Vielfalt
  • Presentation Butterfly-Monitoring and Educational Software SINAS at "Expo der Vielfalt" of the Department of Community Ecology (May 27th-30th 2008)
    Expo der Vielfalt
  • - ALARM-Project: Presentation of results and products of the Integrated Project ALARM during two side-events of the European Commission

Research on COP 9 Topics

UFZ researchers conduct numerous projects on aspects of biodiversity protection and its sustainable use which support the implementation of decisions of the CBD. You will find exemplary projects on UFZ-websites dealing with the following topics:

  • Biodiversity and Climate Change:
    COP9 will attempt to more successfully connect the efforts for biodiversity protection within the CBD framework with measures for climate protection. UFZ research provides important basic knowledge in different projects.
    - Biodiversity and Climate Change - more ...
  • Economical analysis and implementation of conservation tools:
    Economical measures contributing towards a more effective and more efficient biodiversity protection will be discussed at COP9 as innovative measures e.g. for funding protected areas. UFZ projects set effective examples, e.g. for the advancement of communal fiscal transfers and the development of tradable permits.
    Economical analysis and implementation of conservation tools - more ...
  • Ecosystem services and resources and implementation of the ecosystem approach of the CBD
    The ecosystem approach of the CBD gives an impulse for an integrative view of the conservation of natural resources. Several UFZ research projects show how the approach is realisable.
    Ecosystem services and resources - more ...
  • Invasive species
    The CBD work plan on invasive species will be subject to a review at COP9. Research has achieved substantial progress in this field, e.g. the European interconnection of expertise and projects on interdisciplinary evaluation of indicators.
    Invasive species - more ...

Further Information


External information on the conference


Due to the 9th Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the Convention on
Biological Diversity, the UFZ has published a newsletter UFZ-Special concentrating on the topic of biodiversity:

download newsletter

Interim report on the economic consequences of biodiversity loss:

download TEEB-Report

Further links