German Partners

The Institute for Environmental Sciences (iES Landau) is an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Koblenz-Landau. Founded in 2004, it has grown rapidly to 12 working groups ranging from natural science to socio-economic disciplines. The research topics address anthropogenic stressors in the environment. One research focus are ecological transition zones contributing to the link of biodiversity and biogeochemical processes that provide a multitude of ecosystem services. Researchers at IES are committed to transdisciplinary research by working closely with policy makers and stakeholders in order to tackle environmental problems of societal relevance.

  • Prof. Hermann Jungkunst (iES Landau) is the leader of PRODIGY. At the iES Landau he leads the Geo-ecology & Physical Geography group that links biogeochemical soil-plant-atmosphere interactions in the Anthropocene. He is a soil scientist and geographer with collaborative research experience in Europe and the Western Hemisphere with a focus on Brazil.
  • Prof. Oliver Frör (iES Landau) is co-leader of PRODIGY. At the iES Landau he leads the Environmental Economics group and focuses on a socio-economic assessment of ecosystem services by market as well as non-market valuation techniques. He has gained wide experience in a multitude of collaborative research projects on Asia and Northern Africa.
  • Jun.-Prof. Janpeter Schilling (iES Landau) leads the Klaus-Töpfer group for Land Use Conflicts and concentrates on resource conflicts in human-environment interactions under climate change conditions. His research experience mainly derives from collaborative projects in Africa (North and East), Pakistan and Germany.

The Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) at Freie Universität Berlin is an interdisciplinary central institute where seven disciplines are represented in research and teaching in the social sciences and cultural studies. LAI is Germany’s largest institute for research on Latin America and is also one of Europe’s leading institutions for Latin American Studies.

  • Dr. Regine Schönenberg is a political scientist and senior researcher at the Latin America Institute of Free University Berlin. Her research focuses on conflicts and state capture in the context of natural resource management and the infiltration of organized crime in Amazonia. Dr. Schönenberg has abundant experiences in designing and implementing intercultural learning-processes in Germany, Brazil, Peru, India etc. (see c.v.)

The Institute of Soil Science (IFBK) and the Institute of Microbiology at Leibniz Universität Hannover are equipped with modern and innovative research equipment, addressing the outlined challenging research goal.

  • The group of Prof. Georg Guggenberger and Dr. Jens Boy is devoted to the elucidation of interactive processes of the soil biota with its environment and how this can be related to the functions that soils exerts to the services to the society in a changing world. Both applicants have been involved in several interdisciplinary and multinational larger research projects.
  • Prof. Marcus Horn heads the group of microbiology. He addresses microbial biodiversity – function relationships and microbial ecology in the context of global change. He is an expert in the field for more than a decade and has been involved in several interdisciplinary research groups including one addressing the impacts of climate change on soil microorganisms and their function.

The Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR) is an interdisciplinary research centre at University of Kassel. It is unique in its concentration on policy-relevant environmental research from the systems perspective. It is well known for its scientific work on global and regional environmental modelling, scenario development and assessment, and for its studies of society-environment interactions. Many of its projects involve working closely with policymakers and other stakeholders. The wide variety of competences allows CESR to explore global environmental change processes and their impacts on water resources, land use change issues, global environmental security and vulnerability, and multi-scale sustainable resource management.

  • Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Schaldach is head of the land use research group ‘GRID-Land’ at CESR. His research concentrates on questions of land use change and its environmental impacts as well as on the development of sustainable land management strategies. He has a strong background in information science, system modelling and spatial data analysis. He is the main developer of the LandSHIFT model to simulate spatial and temporal land use dynamics.

The Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn is an interdisciplinary Think Tank with expertise on economic, ecological, and political change in developing and emerging economies.

  • Prof. Dr. Jan Börner is an agricultural and environmental economist with work and research experience in Brazil, Africa, and Europe. His research focusses on land use change, environmental policies, and bio-economy.

The Centrum für Erdsystemforschung und Nachhaltigkeit (CEN) is an interdisciplinary research centre at University of Hamburg and part of the Hamburg Cluster of Excellence Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction (CliSAP) at the University of Hamburg. CEN links the natural and social sciences in research and research-driven education.

  • Prof. Jürgen Böhner is head of the research Section Physical Geography at the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN), University of Hamburg. The research focus of him and his group concentrates regional climate modelling, landscape ecosystem, modelling topo-climates and related environmental processes.


Partner in der MAP-Region

UFAC – Universidade Federal do Acre, Brazil exists since 1964 and was transformed in a Federal University in 1970. It’s a full university and among its multiple faculties it has a Master-and doctoral program in Ecology and Management and Development and a well-developed GIS-lab, LAGEOP.

  • Dr. Fernando Schmidt & Dr. Sabina Cerruto Ribeiro, Co-ordinators of the Forest Science Master Course (CIFLOR) at UFAC who are interested to feed into the Biodiversity Postgrad-course.
  • Dr. Karla da Silva Rocha is graduated in Agronomic Engineering of the Federal University of Acre (1993). She specialized in Geoprocessing at Universidade of Florida (1994), did her Master on tropical development and conservation of Florida (1999). Her PhD was in Interdisciplinary Ecology, concentrating on Remote Sensing and GIS at Florida University. Currently, she is professor at UFAC, coordinating LAGEOP and researching on Landscape Ecology, LUC, Monitoring of Burning and Landscape Dynamics.

The Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciencia e Tecnologia do Acre (IFAC) is dedicated at promoting professional, scientific and technological education of quality, ensuring actions aimed at citizen training in the State of Acre. One of its major aims is to contribute to the sustainable development of the State of Acre.

  • Prof. Dr. Luìs Pedro de Melo Plese is vice-rector for research, innovation and postgraduate studies.
    The Universidad Amazónica de Pando (UAP) is located at the Bolivian-Brazilian border in Cobija/Bolivia. It was founded in 1984 and concentrates on education and research in the fields of biology and agroforestry engineering.
  • Miguel Jorge Villavicencio Oliva is a forestry engineer working on the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Climate Change Program within ABT. Miguel has extensive experience in program development to implement sustainable use of resources within the Manuripi reserve in the province of Pando.

The Universidad Nacional Amazónica de Madre de Dios (UNAMAD) is located in Puerto Maldonado/Peru. Its mission is to train professionals with a humanistic, scientific and technological orientation, contributing to the sustainable development of biodiversity with cultural identity and social responsibility.

  • Dr. Jorge Luis Hurtado Castillo (Dean of the faculty of ecotourism) and Dra. Mirella Gavidia (specialized in economics of ecotourism) are engaged in lectures and research projects regarding aspects of sustainability in Amazonian tourism.
    The Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad de Cusco (UNSAAC) with its branch in Puerto Maldonado/Peru specializes on Forest Sciences and Engineering.
  • Dr. David Gonzalez is lecturer at the Puerto Maldonado branch and partner of PRODIGY, his research deals with physiology and growth of Brazil nut trees in the Amazon basin.

PRODIGY-Partner in the MAP-Region

The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), founded in 1973, aims at developing a genuinely Brazilian model of tropical agriculture and livestock. EMBRAPA disposes of 17 research units in Brazil, one of them being in Acre, and multiple international research and technical co-operations. It disposes of own qualification units making it an ideal partner with regard to dissemination of joint research results.

  • Dr. Marcus Vinício Neves d’Oliveira has a bachelor’s at Engenharia Florestal from Universidade de Brasília (1985), possues a Master in Forest Resources and Forest Engineering from the INPA, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (1989) and doctorate at Manejo de Florestas Nativas from University of Aberdeen (2000). He has experience in Forest Resources and Forest Engineering, focusing on Forest Order, currently coordinating research based on LIDAR.
  • Dr. Falberni de Souza Costa graduated at Engenharia Agronômica from Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (1994), possues a Master in Soil Science from the “Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina” (2001) and a Ph.D in Soil Science from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2005). He has experience in Agronomy, focusing on Soil Conservation, GHG fluxes in agroecosystems, acting on the following subjects: no-till, small farmers in Amazon.
  • Priscila Viudes graduated in Journalism at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (2000). She coordinates the EMBRAPA communication-unit in Acre.
  • Dr. Judson Ferreira Valentim is a researcher at the Agroforestry Research Center of Acre/EMBRAPA. He holds a Master and Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Florida (1987). He was a Visiting Researcher at the John Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (EUA) in the Sustainability Science Program, and Research Associate of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (2013-2014). He leads the Steering Committee of the NGO Friends of Earth/Amazonia and a member of the Steering Committee of the NGO Group for Agroforestry Research of Acre (Pesacre). His research focusses on Agronomy and Animal Science, grass-legume pasture establishment, management, and sustainable pasture-based cattle production systems in deforested areas of the Brazilian Amazon.
  • Dr. Eufran Ferreira do Amaral: Graduate in Agronomy from Universidade Federal do Acre (1992), M.A. in Agronomy from Universidade Federal de Viçosa (2003) and PhD in Agronomy from Universidade Federal de Viçosa (2007). Has experience in Agronomy, focusing on Genesis, Morphology and Classification of Soil, acting on the following subjects: acre, zoning, land use and agroforestry systems.

IMC – Institute of Climate Change, Acre/Brazil – Instituto de Mudanças Climáticas e Regulação de Serviços Ambientais, was established in 2010. It is responsible for establishing the rules for Acré’s state System of Incentives for Environmental Services (SISA), it is administratively and financially independent from, but under the supervision of, Acré’s Secretariat of the Environment (SEMA).

  • Dr. Irving Foster Brown, graduated at Amherst College (1973), made his Master at the Dept. Geological Sciences at Northwestern University (1979) and his PhD in the Department of Geological Sciences, Northwestern University (1981). Currently, he is a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center and at UFAC. His focus lies on applied ecology, global climate change, burning, deforestation.
    Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia (IPAM) is a scientific research NGO that works since 1995 on sustainable development in the amazon. Besides research, we engage in stakeholder communication.

Forest Health Consortium – ECOSCONSULT

  • Dr. Gália Selaya is currently principal investigator of ECOSCONSULT and has widespread experience in research on the impacts of global changes in tropical ecosystems, biodiversity and carbon fluxes as well as socio-economic surveys. From 2015 – 2016 she held a postdoctoral research associate position at the University of Florida /USA.
    Centro de Innovación Científica Amazónica (CINCIA) is a Peruvian environmental research center located in Madre de Dios. One of CINCIA’s main goal is to develop methodologies to mitigate the impact of mining in Madre de Dios region. CINCIA’s four primary research areas are: 1) reforestation and restoration of mining affected landscapes, 2) dynamics and impacts of environmental mercury, 3) the use of biochar for degraded soil treatment, and 4) characterization of long-term landscape due to mining using remote sensing (drones and satellites).#
  • Dr. Claudia Maribel Vega Ruiz received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry (2014) from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. Her research interests are risk assessments with focus on environmental pollution and chemistry, especially mercury and selenium. Her research is widely published in international peer-reviewed journals.

PRODIGY NGO-Partner in the MAP-Region

Centro dos Trabalhadores da Amazônia (CTA), based in Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil. This organization was founded in May 1983 and focuses its efforts on social demands linked to traditional communities under strong threats and coming from the seringueiro movement. The organization focuses on people dedicated to artisanal rubber tapping and the protection of extractivist areas.
SOS AMAZÔNIA was founded in September 1988 by academics, students and representatives of the social movement, among them the renowned activist Francisco Chico Mendes. The main objective of the organization has been to defend extractivist populations and protect the Amazon rainforest, as well as to support traditional populations including extractivist, river populations (populações ribeirinhas), quilombolas, among others.

Centro de Investigación y Promoción del Campesinado (CIPCA) in Cobija, Pando, is an organization with a presence throughout the country that seeks to support inclusive rural development focused on community organization and leadership processes, land rights and human rights, among others. CIPCA combines research with action and advocacy work at the local and national level.
Asociación para la Investigación y el Desarrollo Integral (AIDER) in Puerto Maldonado, Peru is an organization which is present throughout Peru. Its objective is to conserve and sustainably use the country’s forests. AIDER focuses on biological diversity and works in accordance with the conventions on climate change and the fight against desertification and drought.
Federación Nativa del Río Madre de Dios y Afluentes (FENAMAD) is a multiethnic and representative organization of the indigenous peoples of Madre de Dios, based in Puerto Maldonado. Currently this indigenous organization represents the 31 indigenous communities that inhabit Madre de Dios and focuses on defending the indigenous peoples, both contacted and in voluntary isolation, and channeling their proposals and demands.

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