Presentation of BIOTA West Africa at
the ESSP Open Science Conference Global Environmental Change: Regional Challenges in Beijing, China, from 09 to 12 November 2006
The Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP), a collaboration between DIVERSITAS, IGBP, IHDP and WCRP organised an Open Science Conference in Beijing, 9-12 November 2006 to present progress in the understanding of the natural and social systems of global environmental change and to highlight the ESSP approach to the study of the Earth System.
Interdisciplinary approaches and results from BIOTA West Africa were presented in several talks and posters:
- A. Wieckhorst & B. Fruth/BIOLOG: "Interdisciplinary approaches towards the conservation of medicinal plants and traditional knowledge in Sub-Saharan Africa"
- J. Mutke et al: "Continental to global plant diversity maps and datasets as a basis for future monitoring"
- H. Sommer et al.: "Implications of climate change on Africas plant diversity"
- K. König, M. Schmidt, K.Hahn-Hadjali, P. Agbani, D. Agonyissa: "Spatial modelling of vegetation changes in West Africa at local scale"
- A. Thiombiano & K. Hahn-Hadjali: "Restoration of degraded ecosystems in West Africa with local woody species of high use value".
Furthermore, a session focussing on the topic "Towards a global observation system of biodiversity and land cover changes: Solutions for sustainable development" was organised by N. Jürgens from BIOTA Africa.