The ROBIN project, investigating the role of biodiversity in climate change mitigation in Latin America, recently came to a close after starting in 2011. The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology's Dr Terry Parr coordinated the project, and presented its findings at a recent meeting at the European Parliament (see video below).
ROBIN found that biodiversity makes ecosystems more able to adapt to shifts in the environment, therefore playing an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change. This presents real opportunities for land-users in Latin America.
To read the summary report, please go to the ROBIN website
ROBIN at the European Parliament
Catherine Bearder: Member of the European Parliament (00:09) - 'The ROBIN project investigates the role that biodiversity can play in climate change mitigation, and how biodiversity can be affected by climate change, both ways'
Dr Terry Parr: ROBIN Project Coordinator, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (00:20) - 'What we want to examine is not just about the co-benefits we get from biodiversity, but is biodiversity part of the solution. We have found that biodiversity matters, it is not just a co-benefit it actually contributes to solving these problems, it makes ecosystems more resilient.'
Kurt Vandenberghe - DG Research & Innovation, European Commission (00:36) - ‘Today's event and the outcomes of the ROBIN project are timely, relevant, and exemplary’
Dr Martin Herold, Wageningen University, Netherlands (00:48) - 'In this case, to enhance the sink of the forest, which is an important part of mitigation, biodiveristy is not a co-benefit, it is not a safeguard, it is a requirement.'
Birgit de Boissezon: DG Research & Innovation, European Commission (00:57) - 'This ROBIN project is quite exemplary, quite a precursor for some of the things we are going to do in the future.'
Stefan Leiner – Acting Director, ‘Natural Capital’. DG Environment, European Commission (01:06) - ‘I’m quite convinced that actually tackling biodiversity, trying to find solutions that are based on ecosystems, that are based on nature-based solutions, are the most cost-effective ways to both mitigate and adapt to climate change. So I’m very happy that the ROBIN project seems to confirm what I’ve been saying, and this shows how important projects like ROBIN are in underpinning our policy, to really make this case in the European Union’.
OPTamos - Options for Participatory Transformation and Management of Sustainable Land Use
A video demonstrating the use of OPTamos, one of the key outputs from ROBIN. Created by Vienna Institute of Social Ecology for ROBIN