Cordula coordinates and works on a variety of projects exploring the relationship between biodiversity and climate change, as well as the opportunities and challenges linked to using Nature-based Solutions (NbS) to benefit both human well-being and biodiversity. The projects she is involved in address: the impacts of climate change on biodiversity; ways to build on the potential of ecosystems to support climate change adaptation; efforts to slow climate change by managing ecosystem carbon stocks while applying social and environmental safeguards; and initiatives to promote nature-based solutions that deliver a wide range of benefits to society.
Before joining the Centre in 2010, Cordula was a member of the Biodiversity Unit of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation where she had a coordinating role for the Agency’s work on biodiversity and climate change. A vegetation scientist by training, Cordula has a particular interest in understanding and improving the connections between science, policy and practice.
This project carried out in collaboration with the UNEP Haiti team provided technical support to the Ministry of Environment of Haiti with the aim to increase the capacity of national authorities to conduct Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and manage impacts of development projects on biodiversity and ecosystem services. A particular thematic focus was on the coastal zones of Haiti and ecosystem services that reduce vulnerability to climate change and extreme events. Cordula has worked with colleagues to provide inputs to a methodological guide on SEA, assess capacity needs for SEA, and carry out capacity-building on data, spatial analysis, monitoring and indicator development to support decision-making at the landscape level.
Under this project funded by the UN-REDD Programme, Cordula worked with colleagues to support the government of Myanmar in the development of an information system to show how the social and environmental safeguards of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change are addressed and respected in the country’s efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and maintain and enhance forest carbon stocks (REDD+).
This project on behalf of the German organization for international development GIZ developed and conducted a sequence of webinars to support practitioners in Ecosystem-based Adaptation in the development of effective approaches to monitoring and evaluation.