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Urs Schaffner Head Ecosystems Management

T: +41 (0)32 4214877


Rue des Grillons 1 CH-2800 Delémont, Switzerland

I am the head of the “Ecosystem Management” section at CABI Europe-Switzerland. Projects in the “Ecosystem Management” section deal with grassland ecology and management, environmental impact of invasive species, evolutionary ecology of invasive species, and regulation of non-native species in Switzerland and the European Union. I also work in various projects in the “Biological Control of Weeds” section, which includes field work in Asia (Turkey, Iran, Uzbekistan) and close collaboration with weed managers and scientists in North America

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Woody weeds in East Africa

Many exotic trees and shrubs have been introduced into Africa and become destructive invasive species. They're reducing native biodiversity and limiting the livelihoods of those that live in rural communities. CABI is trying to mitigate these impacts in East Africa by generating and sharing knowledge on...
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Restoring grasslands of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Halting and reversing land degradation is one of the biggest challenges to meeting the targets set by the Sustainable Development Goals. This project aims to assess the effects of grassland degradation on soil functions on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau and determine whether manipulation of plant functional...
Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Integrated weed management in Europe

Weeds are ubiquitous and cause substantial yield losses across all arable and horticultural land. The goal of this European-wide project is to optimise the efficacy, applicability and use of environmentally friendly weed control measures that can replace or complement current chemical control methods.