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Yves Zinngrebe is senior scientist in the Department of Conservation and Social Ecological Systems at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany. His work focuses on different perspectives on land-use governance and sustainability science. He works primarily on policy integration and coherence, actor networks and power and telecoupling governance. Additionally, he is interested in inter- and transdisciplinary research processes and engages in Science-Policy-Interfaces, such as the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES) or the German Network Forum for Biodiversity. He closely follows and engages in processes around the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and national biodiversity policy processes with a geographical focus on the EU and Germany, as well as non-European countries, such as Peru and Honduras. In 2021 he initiated the Earth System Governance Network Taskforce on the Governance of Nature and Biodiversity in collaboration with Prof. Hens Runhaar. For further information see:

Selected Publication:

  • Zinngrebe, Y., Borasino, E., Chiputwa, B., Dobie, P., Garcia, E., Gassner, A., Kihumuro, P., Komarudin, H., Liswanti, N., Makui, P. and Plieninger, T., 2020. Agroforestry governance for operationalising the landscape approach: connecting conservation and farming actors. Sustainability Science, 15(5), pp.1417-1434. URL:
  • Brown, C., Kovács, E., Herzon, I., Villamayor-Tomas, S., Albizua, A., Galanaki, A., Grammatikopoulou, I., McCracken, D., Olsson, J.A. and Zinngrebe, Y., 2021. Simplistic understandings of farmer motivations could undermine the environmental potential of the Common Agricultural Policy. Land Use Policy, 101, p.105136. URL:
  • Pe’Er, G., Zinngrebe, Y., Moreira, F., Sirami, C., Schindler, S., Müller, R., Bontzorlos, V., Clough, D., Bezák, P., Bonn, A., Hansjürgens, B., Lomba, A., Möckel, S. Passoni, G., Schleyer, C., Schmidt, J., & Lakner, S. (2019). A greener path for the EU Common Agricultural Policy. Science, 365(6452), 449-451. DOI: 10.1126/science.aax3146
  • Zinngrebe, Y. M. (2018). Mainstreaming across political sectors: Assessing biodiversity policy integration in Peru. Environmental Policy and Governance, 28(3), 153-171.
  • Rodríguez, L. O., Cisneros, E., Pequeño, T., Fuentes, M. T., & Zinngrebe, Y. (2018). Building Adaptive Capacity in Changing Social-Ecological Systems: Integrating Knowledge in Communal Land-Use Planning in the Peruvian Amazon. Sustainability, 10(2), 511. URL:
  • Zinngrebe, Y. M. (2016). Conservation narratives in Peru: envisioning biodiversity in sustainable development. Ecology and Society, 21(2). URL:

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