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Global Biodiversity change: a 6th mass extinction or a more biodiverse world?

27 Nov 2020 - Henrique Pereira, iDiv, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany & CIBIO–InBIO | 15h30
Global Biodiversity change: a 6th mass extinction or a more biodiverse world?


While many scientists have argued that we are witnessing the 6th mass extinction due to the Anthropocene, other have argued that at least at the local scale there is no net loss of biodiversity. Here we shed light on these debate by using a multi-model analysis to assess the impacts of land-use and climate change from 1900 to 2050 on biodiversity and ecosystem services globally and across scales.

Henrique Pereira is one of the world’s leading experts on global biodiversity change. He has worked both as a researcher and as a practitioner, having served as the Director of Peneda-Gerês National Park and as the coordinator of the Portugal Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Since 2013, he is the Professor of Biodiversity Conservation at iDiv - German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Invited Researcher at InBio, Universidade do Porto (Portugal). He is the co-Chair of the Biodiversity Observation Network of the Group on Earth Observations and member of the Taskforce on Scenarios and Models from the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. He has published over one hundred scientific papers and reports on biodiversity issues, ranging from monitoring biodiversity change to rewilding of ecosystems.


[Host: Luis Borda de Água, THEOECO]


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