Biography & Abstract



Prof. Sandra Luque

National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture


Sandra Luque is Research Director at IRSTEA, France working at TETIS Integrated Unit (UMR TETIS Land, environment, remote sensing and spatial information). She is leading the Earth System Science Group at TETIS. She also holds an honorary Senior Associate Research position at the Centre for Biological Diversity, University of St Andrews, Scotland. She is a landscape ecologist, interested on spatial heterogeneity and landscape patterns implications for communities, and ecosystem processes. She also focus research on the key role that the human dimension imprints on the obvious and subtle impacts on ecosystems and cross-cutting issues in relation to sustainable development concepts and tools. She is a former NASA Fellow on Global Change research from the Earth Observation Program, USA. She is nominated Expert for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She is Coordinator for the IUFRO Working Party "Forest Landscape Ecology" and nominated Deputy Coordinator for the IUFRO Division 8 on Forest Environment.  She served IALE as elected Vice-president and she recently received the IALE Award for Distinguished Services to the Society. She is also member of different evaluations panels and programs for the National Research Academies of Finland, Germany, Portugal, France and Switzerland.  Additionally, she serves different evaluation panels for research programs in Latin America and the European Union.  She is leading the ESP (Ecosystem Services Partnership) BIOME Expert Group on Temperate & Boreal Forests.  She is active member of the GOFC-GOLD & GEO BON, European Land Institute (ELI) and AlterNet networks among others. She has authored articles and book chapters on forest landscape ecology, remote sensing, temporal and spatial changes, lately she published on conservation value and mapping ecosystem services and trade-offs.


Title:The Challenge: A World in Crisis - Human and nature a complex intertwined relation changing the environment

Abstract: Human-induced changes to ecosystems and the extinction of species have been more rapid in the past 50 years than at any time in human history. Biodiversity loss is one of the core planetary boundaries that have already been crossed by humanity. Together with climate change, this increases the risk of irreversible changes and undermines economic development and the resilience of societies in the face of new challenges. Consequently, we need innovative methods that do not only facilitate shared understanding of the human-landscape relationships, but also foster collective management that can be incorporated into landscape planning processes to reach sustainable solutions. Then I argue about the operationalization of the Ecosystem Service (ES) concept and tools.  How useful could be the ES concept for the conservation strategy towards the CBD 2020? I will also discuss the convergence towards Essential Biodiversity Variables. Which options we have to adapt landscapes to prevent or diminish impacts for a better future?