Our Third Project Workshop
took place at the CATIE, Turrialba (Costa Rica) on 13-18 November 2010.
We discussed inter-site analyses of species and trait data, results on the decomposition experiments and in the integration of ecological and social data.
A synthesis of results from the on-line consultation on biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being in Latin America and the Caribbean carried-out by DiverSus can be downloaded in English
. Find more information in the ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
(ICSU-ROLAC) web site, and in the 2009 ICSU-ROLAC Annual Report
Several members of DiverSus participated in the second Open Science Conference of Diversitas, which took place in Cape Town (South Africa) on 12-15 October. We co-organized a symposium on functional biodiversity and ecosystem services and participated in the TRY workshop.
Several members of DiverSus were awarded the Ecological Society of America's 2009 Sustainability Science Award for the network's publicacion in PNAS.
Sandra Díaz has been elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Science of the United States, in the Section on Ecology and Environmental Sciences. Find out more on the NAS's website.
As part of our joint initiative with ICSU and DIVERSITAS, DiverSus successfully organized a multi-stakeholder workshop in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) aimed at identifying priorities for research, implementation and policy on the links between biodiversity and human well-being in Latin America and the Caribbean, following the conceptual framework and conclusions of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Participants included members of the academic community, governmental sector and civil society organisations.
Sandra Díaz was invited to give a key-note talk as part of the US National Academy of Science's celebreations of Darwin's birthday in February 2009.
Our Second Project Workshop took place in the Quebrada del Condorito National Park (Argentina) on 2-4 December 2008. Progress was made in planning inter-site analyses of species and trait data, carrying out the decomposition experiment and framing the integration of ecological and social data.
Several members of DiverSus have contributed to an IAI book on incorporating ecological knowledge into land-use decisions. The book is available in PDF format.
We edited a factsheet
presenting our project and network. Do not hesitate to circulate it!
DiverSus is involved in a joint initiative with ICSU and DIVERSITAS which aims to identify priorities for the implementation of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment's findings for Latin America and the Caribbean. As part of this initiative, you can participate in our on-line survey on biodiversity and human well-being in the region (in English, Spanish and Portuguese).
The IAI approved our second annual report. You can access it here (access restricted to network members).
Our paper on "Incorporating plant functional diversity effects in ecosystem service assessments" (Díaz et al., 2007, PNAS) was awarded the Cozzarelli Prize by the National Academy of Science of the USA.
The IAI has recently approved our first annual report. You can access it here (access restricted to network members).
Our first project worshop was a success!
Happy faces in La Cumbre, Argentina.