Johannes Förster

MSc. in Global Change Ecology

Department of Environmental Politics


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

fon +49 (0)341 235 1932
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johannes.foerster@ufz.de

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 2015

Researcher. 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).

2013 − 2015

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 − 2015

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.

2009 − 2013
(continued)

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.

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.

2003

Intern at Fundacion Curiquingue (rainforest conservation), Ecuador.

2000

Volunteer in nature conservation projects, Costa Rica.

Education

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


Membership

  • 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)
  • 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

Projects


Publications

Scientific articles:

Förster, J., J. Barkmann, R. Fricke, S. Hotes, M. Kleyer, S. Kobbe, D. Kübler, C. Rumbaur, M. Siegmund-Schultze, R. Seppelt, J. Settele, J. H. Spangenberg, V. Tekken, T. Václavík, and H. Wittmer (2015). Assessing ecosystem services for informing land-use decisions: a problem-oriented approach. Ecology and Society 20(3):31. (open access)

Wittmer, H. and J. Förster (2011). Die TEEB-Studie – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity. Natur und Landschaft, Heft 4.

Sandker, M., S.K. Nyame, J. Förster, N. Collier, G. Shepherd, D. Yeboah, D. Ezzine-de Blas, M. Machwitz, S. Vaatainen, E. Garedew, G. Etoga, C. Ehringhaus, J. Anati, O.D.K. Quarm, B. M. Campbell (2010). REDD payments as incentive for reducing forest loss: A case from Ghana. Conservation Letters 3, 114-121. (open access)

Karlsson, J., T.R. Christensen, P. Crill, J. Förster, D. Hammarlund, M. Jackowicz-Korczynski, U. Kokfelt, C. Roehm, P. Rosén (2010). Quantifying the relative importance of lake emissions in the carbon budget of a subarctic catchment. Journal of Geophysical Research 115. (doi 10.1029/2010JG001305)

Kokfelt, U., P. Rosén, K. Schoning, T.R. Christensen,J. Förster, J. Karlsson, N. Reuss, M. Rundgren, T.V. Callaghan, C. Jonasson, and D. Hammarlund (2009). Ecosystem responses to increased precipitation and permafrost decay in subarctic Sweden inferred from peat and lake sediments. Global Change Biology. (doi 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.01880.x)

Bindler, R., M. Klarqvist, J. Klaminder, J. Förster (2004). Does within-bog spatial variability of mercury and lead constrain reconstructions of absolute deposition rates from single peat records? The example of Store Mosse, Sweden. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 18, GB3020. (doi 10.1029/2004GB002270)

TEEB Reports:

Vohlant, K. et al. (2015). Ökosystemleistungen, Biodiversität und Klimawandel: Grundlagen. In: Naturkapital und Klimapolitik − Synergien und Konflikte, Editors: Volkmar Hartje, Henry Wüstemann, Aletta Bonn, pp.66-99. (open access)

Russi D., P. ten Brink, A. Farmer, T. Badura, D. Coates, J. Förster, R. Kumar, N. Davidson (2013). The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands. IEEP, London and Brussels; Ramsar Secretariat, Gland. (open access)
(Official draft for CBD COP 11: UNEP/CBD/COP/11/INF/22)

Wittmer, H., A. Berghöfer, J. Förster, K. Almack (2010). The Value of Nature in Local Development (Ch1). In: TEEB – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Local and Regional Policy Makers, 11-27. (open access)

Berghöfer, A., N. Dudley, J. Förster (2010). Ecosystem Services and Protected Areas (Ch7). In: TEEB – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Local and Regional Policy Makers, 125-140. (open access)

Books:

Contributing author to several chapters in:

TEEB (2012). The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Local and Regional Policy and Management. Edited by Heidi Wittmer and Haripriya Gundimeda. Earthscan, London and Washington.

Others:

Wittmer, H. und J. Förster. Die TEEB-Studie – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity. Natur und Landschaft, Heft 4, 2011.

Wittmer, H. and J. Förster (2010). Biologische Vielfalt und Klimawandel – Ansätze für eine kohärente Umweltpolitik: Erkenntnisse aus dem Bericht zu TEEB – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity. In: Epple C., H. Korn, K. Kraus, J. Stadler. Biologische Vielfalt und Klimawandel, Tagungsband der 2. BfN-Forschungskonferenz “Biologische Vielfalt und Klimawandel”, BfN, Bonn. 13-15.

Förster, J. (2009). The Potential for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) in Western Ghana. MSc Thesis in Global Change Ecology. Bayreuth University, Germany.

Förster, J. (2006). A 400-year reconstruction of lake water carbon in a subarctic permafrost lake inferred from NIR and FTIR spectra of lake sediment. MSc Thesis in Physical Geography. Umea University, Sweden.

Förster, J. (2006). Metabolic Balance and CO2 Saturation in a Subarctic Permafrost Lake. BSc Thesis in Biology. Umea University, Sweden.


Conferences (selection)

12/2015

UNFCCC COP 21, Paris, France. Delegate of a Small Island State.

1/2015

3rd Meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Bonn, Germany. Observer.

1/2013

1st Meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Bonn, Germany. Presentation on TEEB.

12/2012

UNCCD capacity building workshop by the OSLO consortium on the economic valuation of land and ecosystem services, Rwanda. Lecture on TEEB.

10/2012

CBD COP 11, Hyderabad, India. Organisation of TEEB side events.

9/2012

IUCN World Conservation Congress, South Korea. Organisation of TEEB side events.

6/2012

Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2012. Organisation of TEEB side events and presentations on behalf of UNEP − TEEB.

12/2011

UNFCCC COP 17, Durban, South Africa. Observer.

10/2011

Rio+20 Regional Science and Technology Workshop for Europe, Helsinki, Finland. Title of presentation: “TEEB − The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Insights and examples that are of relevance for a Green Economy”.

12/2010

UNFCCC COP 16, Cancun, Mexico. Observer.

11/2010

Biodiversity Summit, Bündnis 90 Die Grünen, German Parliament, Berlin. Title of Presentation: “TEEB − The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity”.

7/2010

UNEP-Workshop: Investing in Biodiversity and maximizing benefits of the Green Economy, Gabala, Azerbaijan. Title of presentation: “TEEB − The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity”.

12/2009

UNFCCC COP 15, Copenhagen, Denmark. Observer.

10/2008

IUCN World Conservation Congress, Barcelona, Spain.

6/2008

CBD-side event at UNFCCC SBSTA 28, Bonn, Germany. Title of presentation: “Bundling Payments for Carbon and Biodiversity”.

5/2008

CBD COP 9, Bonn, Germany. Observer.

10/2007

UNECE/FAO Policy Forum: Opportunities and Impacts of Bioenergy Policies and Targets on the Forest and other Sectors, Geneva, Switzerland. Observer.