Piero Visconti - IIASA Austria. Biodiversity loss: Integrated spatial Planning for Nature and People

Organised by: ISTA
Date/Time: 2024-01-30T12:00:00Z2024-01-30T13:00:00Z

Location: Online
Description: Piero Visconti (IIASA, Austria) will talk about biodiversity loss, its impact and how to reverse it. He holds a doctoral degree in Conservation Planning jointly awarded by James Cook University, Australia and Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. After his PhD Visconti held postdoctoral positions at the University of Rome, the Microsoft Research Cambridge Computational Ecology Group, and the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Piero Visconti | IIASA

Biodiversity loss is marked as one of the most critical consequences of climate change by the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Habitat loss and degradation are the primary causes of this global biodiversity decline. In addition, these two factors also accelerate greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental pressures. Most extractive and productive activities are subject to regulation and undergo planning and assessment processes. Even so, habitat loss and degradation are still the primary causes of global biodiversity. On the other hand, conservation and restoration planning research often neglects other objectives like food production and job creation, rendering these academic exercises out of context and inapplicable. The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework target 1, “Plan and Manage all Areas To Reduce Biodiversity Loss” may foster a paradigm shift in both spatial planning theory and practice as it requires countries to have integrated, biodiversity-inclusive spatial planning that addresses habitat loss over all of marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems.

During the talk Piero will discuss the opportunities and challenges that Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework presents in Europe and present some practical examples of multi-criteria spatial planning that can support its realization in Europe through joint planning for habitat conservation and restoration, timber and biomass production.

Link: Launch Meeting - Zoom