Dr Katja Heubach

Dr. Katja Heubach, biologist by training, works as adviser to the GIZ ValuES project that aims at supporting decision makers in recognizing and integrating ecosystem services into their policy making, planning and implementation. The global project currently works in 18 countries worldwide. We offer training courses and technical advice to these countries, and share lessons learnt in regional workshops and global for a in the area of nature conservation and biodiversity governance. One of these global fora is the newly established Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) that is to synthesize existing knowledge on specific biodiversity issues – similar like the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) does for climate issues. Next to her involvement in trainings and advice, Katja Heubach is responsible for linking the work of ValuES to IPBES, so to use synergies and mutually enhance knowledge between the project and the platform. ValuES contributes to the capacity building of IPBES, particularly with regards to valuation issues, and supports the outreach of the Platform. IPBES was also one of Katja Heubach’s major work areas in her previous post with the Netzwerk-Forum zur Biodiversitätsforschung Deutschland (NeFo), with regional foci on Germany, the European region, and Africa. Katja Heubach studied Biology at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, with majors in ecology and the diversity of plants and animals. After her diploma theses on aquatic ecology, she worked as advisor for the funding of projects in nature conservation and development cooperation with Umweltkontor Nord (on behalf of Norddeutsche Stiftung für Umwelt und Entwicklung sowie die Niedersächsische Lottostiftung), and in parallel completed post graduate studies on sustainable development cooperation. Subsequently, she began a dissertation on the economic valuation of ecosystem services in West African savanna ecosystems, at the Biodiversity and Cimate Research Centre (BiK-F) in Frankfurt. As guest researcher with BiK-F, Katja Heubach still is engaged in this topic.