Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Biogeography
















Even small changes in biodiversity can have drastic and long-term consequences for ecosystem functioning, and is often referred to as tipping point. Particularly the global south is facing these challenges through the interplay of land-use change, climatic changes, and overexploitation. Within BD4Future, we aim to address these challenges by assessing the interplay of these three drivers of biodiversity loss across larger spatial scales by establishing eco-regional linkages between the Chaco, the Cerrado and the Amazon, with the goal to identify policy and planning tools that empower decision maker and local communities to monitor, identify and avert such tipping points.

At the moment, we are in the pre-phase and undertake local workshops with stakeholders from the ecoregions to iteratively co-design the research plan, to review available data and existing concepts of drivers of biodiversity change, tipping-point modeling approaches and ecosystem resilience frameworks. The goal is to develop a preliminary research plan, which we assess and evaluate together with local stakeholders during regional workshops in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.


Funding and support:

This project receives funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the framework programme Research for Sustainable Development (FONA).