Short course: Biodiversity modeling with GLOBIO

date: 2011-09-05

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From 2 to 4 November 2011 The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, in collaboration with Aidenvironment and ITC, offers a short course on regional and national biodiversity modeling with GLOBIO3.

Human activities continue to have a large impact on the environment and on biodiversity. Agricultural, urban and infrastructural developments are often realized at the cost of biodiversity. Climate change and habitat fragmentation exacerbate biodiversity loss. As a result ecosystem functions and services are affected and may have serious consequences for people who rely on them. Policymakers are aware of the relations between land-use change, biodiversity loss and the consequences for ecosystem services and food security. Targets to reduce biodiversity loss are adopted bij the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. To achieve these targets policymakers need tools that can help assess the impact of drivers that lead to biodiversity loss and  ecosystem change.

Existing information on biodiversity is often fragmented and species inventories are in general costly and time-intensive. Practitioners of sustainability assessments need a simple tool to determine the general impact of socio-economic developments on biodiversity in a relatively short time. Biodiversity modeling can support policymakers, planners and assessment practicioners to do this. Key sustainability issues can be addressed, such as:

The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, in collaboration with Aidenvironment and ITC, offers you a short course on biodiversity modeling with GLOBIO3. In this course the focus will be on a regional and national implementation of the GLOBIO3 model to assess current and future biodiversity. For future assessments the model is integrated with the CLUE land use model.

Key modelers from different parts of the world will present their experiences and provide support during practical sessions.

Course objectives

The short course aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the GLOBIO3 methodology for implementation at a regional and national scale. 

Target group

The course is designed for assessment practitioners, planning authorities and researchers that are involved in impact assessments of socio-economic developments at regional or national scale. The course is also useful for students (MSc or PhD) that would like to work with GLOBIO3. No specific skills are required for this course. A few hands-on practical examples, using basic GIS techniques, will be applied during the course.

Course topics

In this course theoretical and practical working sessions will alternate each other.  Experiences from international key modelers will be shared.  The principles of the GLOBIO3 and CLUE models will be explained. Among the topics that will be taught are:

Participants will discuss how the tools can be embedded in sustainability or integrated assessments and finally each participant will bring back home the complete biodiversity assessment tool (GLOBIO3 + CLUE), including manuals and sample data.

Course duration and dates

Two and a half day from 2-4 November 2011


ITC, Enschede, the Netherlands

Course fee

650 euro, inclusive hotel accommodation and food

Deadline application

15 October 2011. Maximum 20 applicants


Please fill in the application form and send this before 15 October 2011 to:


For more information on this course please contact the course leader Wilbert van Rooij by e-mail:


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