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Arjan de Groot


Arjan de Groot
Institut für Geowissenschaften und Geographie
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Von-Seckendorff-Platz 4
06099 Halle (Saale)
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Arjan de Groot
Institut für Geowissenschaften und Geographie
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
06099 Halle (Saale)

Research focuses

  • Climate Change
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem services
  • Integration of environmental concerns into policy

Curriculum vitae


  • 09/2018 –09/2018: LOS_DAMA! International Autumn School Course, Freising, Germany. Designing an Eco-Vision for the region and city of Salzburg, Austria
  • 09/2013 – 09/2015: Master of Science (MSc) in Climate Studies, Wageningen University, Netherlands  Major in Environmental Systems Analysis. Final Grade: GPA ~3.9 (In the Dutch System: 8.3) MSc Thesis on “Impacts of Climate Change on Ecosystem Services and Local Communities in the Kouga Catchment”, South Africa with the local NGO „Living Lands‟ (
  • 10/2010 – 06/2013: Master of Science (MSc) in Geology, University of Tübingen, Germany  Major in Paleontology & Climate Research. Final Grade: GPA ~3.7 (In the German System: 1.2) MSc Thesis on “Sediment properties and carbonate preservation in two sediment cores from the southern Baffin Bay at the end of the Pleistocene and during the Holocene”


  • since 11/2020: Scientist, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Institute for Geosciences and Geography, Dept. Sustainable Landscape Development
  • 04/2019 – 10/2020: Research Associate, Institute of Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology - Main activities: Lecturer on Geo-Information Systems (GIS) basic and advanced for B.Sc. and M.Sc. students. Conducted seminar course on interdisciplinary geography topics. Scientific contribution to MAIA and ÖSKKIP project.
  • 04/2018 – 03/2019: Guest associate, Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD), - Main activities: support of the Ecosystem Services Partnership‟s Networking and Training activities (, contributions to the development of Guidelines for Integrated Ecosystem Services Assessment and development of a framework for linking Nature-based Solutions (NbS) and Red List of Ecosystem (RLE) approaches.
  • 05/2016 – 12/2017: Junior Advisor for the global project “ValuES“ at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), Eschborn Trainer and technical advisor on ”Integrating ecosystem services into policy, planning and practice”. Trainings conducted in: Georgia (09/2015), Jordan (10/2015), Netherlands (04/2016), Vietnam (04/2016), South Korea (05/2016), Albania (06/2016), Germany (10/2016), Philippines (11/2016), Namibia (04/2017), D.R. Congo (10/2017).
  • 10/2015 – 04/2016: External consultant at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GmbH), Eschborn, Germany: Compilation of a training manual for the “Principles of Ecosystem Services Assessments for Policy Impacts” training. Start-up of a global GIZ ValuES Trainer Network.
  • 04/2015 – 09/2015: Internship at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GmbH), Eschborn, Germany
  • 05/2013 – 07/2013: Internship at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for polar and marine research (AWI), Bremerhaven, Germany
  • 02/2010 – 04/2010: Internship at the office for geologic & environmental issues (BGU), Deckenpfronn, Germany
  • 10/2009 – 12/2009: Student assistant at University of Tübingen, Micropaleontological working group

Publications and Activities in scientific conferences

  • Präsentation für “YESS – Young Ecosystem Services Specialists” während der Eröffnungssitzung der ESP 10 – World Conference in Hannover, Deutschland (2019)
  • Ecosystem Services Partnership (2018). “Guidelines to Analyse and Capture the Costs and Benefits of Nature Conservation, Landscape Restoration and Sustainable Land Management” – (Mitarbeit)
  • Präsentation für “Regional Chapter West & Central Europe incl. Russia” während der Forum Session der European ESP Conference in San Sebastian, Spanien (2018)
  • GIZ ValuES (2017). “Namibia Summer School: Assessing and Valuing Ecosystem Services for Policy Impacts” – (Main Author)
  • GIZ ValuES (2016). “Principles of Ecosystem Services Assessments for Policy Impacts”, GIZ ValuES – Methods for Integrating Ecosystem Services into Policy, planning and Practice (150 pp) (Co – Author)
  • Präsentation zum Thema “The Concept of Ecosystem Services” während des 3rd International River Summit in Cagayan de Oro, Philippinen (2016)
  • Präsentation zum Thema “Integrating Ecosystem Services into Development Planning” bei der ESP Conference Asia in Ansan-si, Südkorea (2016)
  • GIZ ValuES (2016). “Mainstreaming Biodiversity – Synthesis Report for the CBD COP 16 in Cancún, Mexico” – (Main Author)

Reviewer Activities

Gutachter für das globale Projekt „ValuES – Methods for integating ecosystem services into policy, planning and practice” bei der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (10/2015 – 04/2016)