Rockström appointed as chief scientist by Conservation International

10/10/2018 - Conservation International appointed the Director Designate of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Johan Rockström, as their new Chief Scientist. While assuming PIK leadership together with the climate economist Ottmar Edenhofer this year, Rockström serve the renowned US-based Conservation International probono. This position will also provide support for research at the Potsdam Institute.
Rockström appointed as chief scientist by Conservation International
Johan Rockström, Director designate of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. (Photo: PIK/Anja Kliese de Souza)

Rockström will provide strategic scientific guidance in support of Conservation International's mission to combat climate change by protecting forests and oceans; applying innovation to conservation science; and developing holistic, scalable models of sustainability. "We are thrilled that Johan Rockström will help guide us at Conservation International," Conservation International CEO Muttulingam Sanjayan said. "I have long been an admirer of his astonishing body of work and his expertise and leadership have never been more important to the future of the planet."

"Science is clear that the future of Humanity on Earth is threatened by continued unsustainable development. It is equally clear that transformations to a prosperous and equitable future are possible, but it will require stewardship of the entire planet, from local ecosystems to the climate system," said Rockström. "Conservation International and the Potsdam Institute on Climate Impact Research each have their own way of rising to this grand challenge – science has to be the solid basis for informed action to protect people's livelihoods."

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