GFAR PhD Student receives IPBES fellowship

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an intergovernmental platform aiming to fill the gaps between the science-policy interfaces regarding the natural resources management.

Sacha Amaruzaman

Sacha Amaruzaman, a PhD student of the Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) has recently been admitted in the IPBES Fellowship programme in the IPBES Global Assessment on the Multiple Values of Nature.

As an IPBES Fellow, Sacha will get an opportunity to learn about the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services through training and mentoring with global experts.

The multi-disciplinary assessment covers the conceptualisation of nature values, various methodology and approaches in nature valuation, lessons learned from those valuation methods, knowledge and data gaps, and capacity-building needs.

Established to support the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), IPBES has four functions:

  • to undertake assessment,
  • generate knowledge,
  • generate relevant tools and methods for decision-making support, and
  • provide capacity building – including the fellowship programme – regarding the nature and its benefits for society.

As part of his training, Sacha will join the Annual IPBES Assessment Authors Meeting to gain first-hand experience on the global assessment process, and contribute to the assigned chapter.

Sacha during one of his recent field trips, interviewing the farmers in Indonesian uplands in Sumatra as part of his PhD research

As  preparation for this fellowship, Sacha will use the lessons and experiences gained from his thesis work with GFAR and his previous working experiences at The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Southeast Asia.

We congratulate Sacha on this tremendous achievement and wish him all the best with the fellowship.

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