Dr. rer. nat. Johannes Förster

MSc. in Global Change Ecology

Department of Environmental Politics
UFZ Science-Policy Expert Group

Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research − UFZ
Permoserstraße 15
D-04318 Leipzig

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Johannes Förster

Areas of Expertise & Research

  • Ecosystem services and sustainable development
  • Decision support at the science-policy interface
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies
  • The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)
  • Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+)

Curriculum Vitae

since 2017

Lecturer in Economics of Global Environmental Change, MSc Programme in Global Change Ecology, University of Bayreuth.

2015 − 2018

Researcher (UFZ lead person). Project: Enabling Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in Melanesia and Micronesia (Small Island States). Project lead: The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Financed by the BMUB International Climate Initiative (IKI).

2015 − 2016

Researcher (UFZ lead person). Project: Methodenkonvention 3.0 – Weiterentwicklung und Erweiterung der Methodenkonvention zur Schätzung von Umweltkosten. Sachstandsbericht AP 2: Schätzung der Umweltkosten infolge Schädigung oder Zerstörung von Ökosystemen und Biodiversitätsverlust. Project lead: INFRAS. Financed by the Umweltbundesamt (UBA).

2013 − 2018

Researcher. Project: ValuES − Methods for integrating ecosystem services into development practice. Project lead: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Financed by the BMUB International Climate Initiative (IKI).

2011 − 2018

PhD candidate. “Assessing ecosystem services for supporting decision making”. Project: Global assessment of land use dynamics, greenhouse gas emissions and ecosystem services (GLUES). Financed by the BMBF Sustainable Land Management Programme. Completed.

since 2009

Researcher. Project: scientific coordination of TEEB – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Project lead: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Financed by European Union, Germany, Norway, and other donors. Continuous involvement including TEEB-follow up activities.

2007 − 2008

Junior Professional Associate, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Gland, Switzerland.

2004 − 2006

Research assistant at Abisko Scientific Research Station (ANS), Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sweden.


Intern at Fundacion Curiquingue (rainforest conservation), Ecuador.


Volunteer in nature conservation projects, Costa Rica.


2006 − 2009

Global Change Ecology (MSc), University of Bayreuth, Germany. MSc thesis: "The Potential for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) in Western Ghana".

2004 − 2006

Physical Geography (MSc) and Biology (BSc), Umea University, Sweden

2001 − 2003

Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation (including Environmental Economics), Undergraduate/Vordiplom, University of Greifswald, Germany


  • Co-chair of International Relations Committee (IRC) of the Ecosystem Service Partnership (ESP)
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Ecosystem Service Partnership (ESP)
  • Member of IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM)
  • Alumnus – Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation)
  • 2010 – 2011: Member of review panel providing guidance on ecosystem services assessment and valuation of wetlands to the Government of Alberta, Canada. Project: Ecosystem Services Approach Pilot on Wetlands. Operationalizing an Ecosystem Service Approach within the Government of Alberta


Publications and Conferences