Cordula coordinates and works on a variety of projects exploring the relationship between biodiversity and climate change. These projects address: the impacts of climate change on biodiversity; ways to build on the potential of ecosystems to support climate change adaptation; and efforts to slow climate change by managing ecosystem carbon stocks in line with the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Cordula is a member of the UN-REDD Safeguards Coordination Group.
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 is carried out on behalf of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with financial support from the European Union and the German Ministry of Environment (BMUB). Cordula has worked with colleagues to carry out a literature review and expert consultations on the potential to support climate change mitigation through better management of a number of non-forest ecosystems.
Under this project funded by the UN-REDD Programme, Cordula worked with colleagues to produce a number of maps, analyses and guidance documents to help decision-makers in Indonesia in the design of projects to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) that achieve multiple benefits, such as climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction.