Dr. Heidi Wittmer

Thematic Area Environment and Society
Department of Environmental Politics
Working Group Nature Conservation and Biodiversity
Working Group Governance & Institutions
UFZ Science-Policy Expert Group

Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research − UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

phone: ++49 - 341 - 235 1629
fax: ++49 - 341 - 235 45 1629


Dr. Heidi Wittmer

Curriculum Vitae

since 2010

deputy head of the Department of Environmental Politics

since 2004

senior researcher at UFZ

2001 - 2003

post-doc researcher at UFZ


consultancy for the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn

1999 - 2001

senior researcher, Interdisciplinary Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Göttingen

1995 - 1998

Ph D. in Socio-economics of rural development, University of Göttingen


economist, Food and Agricultural Organisation, FAO, Rome

1990 - 1993

DAAD-long term lecturer Univ. of Tunja in Colombia

1983 - 1989

Agricultural Sciences: B.Sc. (1985 Univ. Gießen) M.Sc. (1989 TU-Berlin)

Completed Projects

Workshops Organised

  • Governance of Natural Resources in a Multi-Level Context, final conference of the GoverNat project, 20.-22.1.2010, Leipzig, Germany
  • International Science-Policy Interfaces for Biodiversity Governance, international workshop, 2.-4.10.2006, UFZ Leipzig
  • New Strategies for Solving Environmental Conflicts: Potentials for Combining Participation and Multicriteria Analysis, Summersymposium, 26.-28.6.2002, UFZ Leipzig
  • EU INCO-DEV International Workshop: Policy Options for the Sustainable Use of Coral Reefs and Associated Ecosystems, 19.-22.6.2000, Mombasa, Kenya

Teaching Experiences

  • 1990-98 a total of 25 lectures, seminars and workshops at universities, public administrations and non-governmental organisations covering: participatory methods in rural development, empirical social research, 'Farming Systems Development', agricultural economics and marketing, natural resource management
  • 2000 'learning cabinet' for interdisciplinary communication between natural social and legal sciences


  • Hansjürgens, B., Schröter-Schlaack, C., Berghöfer, A., Wittmer, H., Moesenfechtel, U., (2018):
    The value of nature for economy and society : a synthesis of Natural Capital Germany - TEEB DE
    Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, 130 pp.
  • Hansjürgens, B., Schröter-Schlaack, C., Berghöfer, A., Wittmer, H., Moesenfechtel, U., (2018):
    Werte der Natur aufzeigen und in Entscheidungen integrieren : eine Synthese. Naturkapital Deutschland – TEEB DE
    Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Leipzig, 134 S.
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  • Jax, K., Calestani, M., Chan, K.M.A., Eser, U., Keune, H., Muraca, B., O'Brien, L., Potthast, T., Voget-Kleschin, L., Wittmer, H., (2018):
    Caring for nature matters: a relational approach for understanding nature’s contributions to human well-being
    Curr. Opin. Environ. Sustain. 35 , 22 - 29
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  • Tinch, R., Balian, E., Carss, D., de Blas, D.E., Geamana, N.A., Heink, U., Keune, H., Nesshöver, C., Niemelä, J., Sarkki, S., Thibon, M., Timaeus, J., Vadineanu, A., van den Hove, S., Watt, A., Waylen, K.A., Wittmer, H., Young, J.C., (2018):
    Science-policy interfaces for biodiversity: dynamic learning environments for successful impact
    Biodivers. Conserv. 27 (7), 1679 - 1702
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  • Watt, A., Ainsworth, G., Balian, E., Cojocaru, G., Darbi, M., Dicks, L., Eggermont, H., Furman, E., Goudeseune, L., Huybrecht, P., Kelemen, E., Koch, F., Konstantinou, Z., Livoreil, B., Locher, K., Lux, A., Mehring, M., Neßhöver, C., Paloniemi, R., Saarikoski, H., Sousa Pinto, I., Vandewalle, M., Varjopuro, R., Varumo, L., Wittmer, H., Young, J., (2018):
    EKLIPSE: engaging knowledge holders and networks for evidence-informed European policy on biodiversity and ecosystem services
    Evid. Policy
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  • Albert, C., Neßhöver, C., Schröter, M., Wittmer, H., Bonn, A., Burkhard, B., Dauber, J., Döring, R., Füst, C., Grunewald, K., Haase, D., Hansjürgens, B., Hauck, J., Hinzmann, M., Koellner, T., Plieninger, T., Rabe, S.-E., Ring, I., Spangenberg, J.H., Stachow, U., Wüstemann, H., Görg, C., (2017):
    Towards a National Ecosystem Assessment in Germany: a plea for a comprehensive approach
    GAIA 26 (1), 27 - 33
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  • Berghöfer, A., Emerton, L., Moreno Diaz, A., Rode, J., Schröter-Schlaack, C., Wittmer, H., van Zyl, H., (2017):
    Sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation – a review of experiences in German development cooperation
    UFZ-Diskussionspapiere 1/2017
    Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung - UFZ, Leipzig, 143 pp.
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  • Keune, H., Subramanian, S.M., Payyappallimana, U., Ahmad, S., Rahman, M.M., Azam, M.N., Sebesvari, Z., Spangenberg, J.H., Morand, S., Kretsch, C., Martens, P., Wittmer, H., (2017):
    Biodiversity, ecosystems and human health: a complicated but important science policy challenge
    In: Morand, S., Lajaunie, C., Satrawaha, R., (eds.)
    Biodiversity conservation in Southeast Asia: Challenges in a changing environment
    Earthscan Conservation and Development
    CRC Press / Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, FL, p. 250 - 280
  • Nesshöver, C., Assmuth, T., Irvine, K.N., Rusch, G.M., Waylen, K.A., Delbaere, B., Haase, D., Jones-Walters, L., Keune, H., Kovacs, E., Krauze, K., Külvik, M., Rey, F., van Dijk, J., Vistad, O.I., Wilkinson, M.E., Wittmer, H., (2017):
    The science, policy and practice of nature-based solutions: An interdisciplinary perspective
    Sci. Total Environ. 579 , 1215 - 1227
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  • Pascual, U., Balvanera, P., Díaz, S., Pataki, G., Roth, E., Stenseke, M., Watson, R.T., Dessane, E.B., Islar, M., Kelemen, E., Maris, V., Quaas, M., Subramanian, S.M., Wittmer, H., Adlan, A., Ahn, S.E., Al-Hafedh, Y.S., Amankwah, E., Asah, S.T., Berry, P., Bilgin, A., Breslow, S.J., Bullock, C., Cáceres, D., Daly-Hassen, H., Figueroa, E., Golden, C.D., Gómez-Baggethun, E., González-Jiménez, D., Houdet, J., Keune, H., Kumar, R., Ma, K., May, P.H., Mead, A., O’Farrell, P., Pandit, R., Pengue, W., Pichis-Madruga, R., Popa, F., Preston, S., Pacheco-Balanza, D., Saarikoski, H., Strassburg, B.B., van den Belt, M., Verma, M., Wickson, F., Yagi, N., (2017):
    Valuing nature’s contributions to people: the IPBES approach
    Curr. Opin. Environ. Sustain. 26–27 , 7 - 16
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