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The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

One of eight research institutes of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam.

IBED was founded in 2000 by merging research groups with the expertise in ecology and evolutionary biology, physical geography and environmental chemistry. IBED aims to unravel how ecosystems function in all their complexity, and how they change due to natural processes and human activities. At the core of IBED lies the integrated approach to study biodiversity, ecosystems and the environment. The mission of IBED is to carry out high quality research in the field of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics to herewith contribute to sustainability, in particular climate change, human-induced environmental stressors on ecosystems (contamination, land degradation), food security, and the preservation of biological diversity in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.


• IBED has a long experience in supporting a large farmer cluster in the Netherlands with respect to landscape

measures and monitoring to support biodiversity and ecosystem services, especially natural pest control and pollination. IBED will coordinate the Farmer Cluster pilot on arable farming in the Hoeksche Waard/Flevoland.

• IBED will be co-lead on providing the modelling framework for identifying the limiting resources for target species and groups and selecting the interventions (at farm and landscape scale) that can optimally support these organisms. It will study the effects of farming practices and interventions on biodiversity and ecosystem services in and around arable fields. It will define the recommendations / tools for the farmers and other stakeholders in the pilot areas, with emphasis on arthropod diversity in arable crops.

• Based on the knowledge accumulated in this project, IBED will redefine the ecological submodels that are used to evaluate the impact of biodiversity-sensitive farming practices.

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