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Rebecca Noebel


Rebecca Noebel

MSc (Geoecology)
Bsc (Environmental Science)

Coordinator Biodiversity


Rebecca Noebel works as a Fellow at Ecologic Institute, Berlin and coordinates the Institute's activities on biodiversity. Her work focuses on the loss of biological diversity and the relevant policy frameworks. She is particularly interested in underlying drivers such as land use and climate change as well as the options to reduce the effects through nature-based solutions, green infrastructure and ecosystem-based adaptation. She works in German, English and Spanish.

Rebecca's work at Ecologic Institute primarily focuses on current national and European biodiversity processes. As such, she currently leads a project supporting the implementation of the German National Peatland Protection Strategy and supports European policy processes in connection to the EU Restoration Law proposal and the 3 Billion tree pledge. In urban contexts, she works on development funding for biodiversity in German cities (BioVibes) and the nexus with climate mitigation. Until the end of 2022, Rebecca has been intensively involved in supporting the European Topic Centre on Biodiversity (ETC-BD), where she worked on tasks in relation to the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. In this context, she conducted assessments for the EU Nature Directives reporting, co-authored the "State of Nature in Europe 2020", and studied the implementation of the European Trans-European Nature Network (TEN-N), among many other activities. Additionally, she analysed the implementation of EU species protection rules in the agricultural and forestry sectors as part of a project for the European Commission (DG Environment).

Prior to joining Ecologic Institute, Rebecca Noebel worked as a research scientist at the Institute of Environmental Science and Geography of Potsdam University (Germany). There, she conducted research on quantitative relationships between temperature and urban land cover. For the European ECOPOTENTIAL project she studied the impacts of climate change on European protected areas and ecosystems, as well as their relation to biodiversity monitoring on the local and European levels. From 2013 to 2015, she worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and supported the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) with the implementation of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) in the area of biodiversity, adaptation and REDD+. She continued working as a consultant the GIZ until 2018.

Rebecca Noebel completed her Master of Science in Geoecology at the University of Potsdam with a spatial analysis on the effectiveness of the FSC certification in the Russian boreal forest for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). For her Bachelor of Science, she studied Environmental Science at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg (Germany), during which she participated in a DAAD scholarship on biodiversity in Lima (Peru). 

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Selected projects by Rebecca Noebel

© Sandra Naumann

Peatlands are ecosystems for a variety of specialised plant and animal species and serve as important natural carbon reservoirs. They also have a regulating effect on the water and nutrient balance and a cooling evaporation effect, which is important for the local and... Read more

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The goal of the European Environment Agency's European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity (ETC/BD) is to collect and monitor data on biodiversity, as well as issues and ecological pressures related to biodiversity. This data is used to establish the state of Europe's... Read more

European Topic Centre on Biodiversity (ETC/BD) 2019-2022

Biodiversity is a key asset of conservation and – in the urban context –  the basis for providing diverse urban green areas and provisioning ecosystem services. In the German Nature Conservation Offensive 2020 (the German Federal Environment Ministry's action... Read more

Photo by Ryan Stone on Unsplash

The EU-funded project "Species protection rules under the Birds and Habitats Directives: how effectively are they integrated into sectoral policies" supported the European Commission (DG Environment) in identifying existing gaps and uptake of the species protection... Read more

Species Protection Rules under the Birds and Habitats Directives


Photo by Lukas on Pexels

With the National Climate Initiative (NKI), the Federal Environment Ministry has been supporting climate protection projects throughout Germany since June 2008, contributing to the achievement of Germany's climate protection goals. During this time, the NKI's guidelines... Read more

Photo: Ewa Iwaszuk

Cities and their peripheries are constantly confronted with challenges such as urban sprawl, climate change and pollution. These processes can exacerbate the degradation of natural ecosystems, and jeopardize ecosystem service provisioning with negative consequences for... Read more

International Cooperation to Restore and Connect Urban Environments in Latin America and Europe (INTERLACE)


© A.Davey, Flickr Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

The human-induced biodiversity and climate crises are increasingly threatening planetary biodiversity and related livelihoods. In a first-ever collaboration of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Intergovernmental Panel... Read more
Selected publications by Rebecca Noebel
Cover of the Policy Brief "Why is Peatland Rewetting Critical for Meeting EU Environmental Objectives?"

© Ecologic Institute, IEEP

The EU Commission published its proposal for a new Nature Restoration Regulation in June 2022. In this context, Ecologic Institute and IEEP – as part of the Think Sustainable Europe network – published a series of thematic policy briefs to inform Members of the European... Read more

Noebel, Rebeca 2023: Why is peatland rewetting critical for meeting the EU environmental objectives? Ecologic Institute; IEEP: Berlin, Brussels.


© EEA | background photo: Seaq68 |

The new EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 sets out ambitious goals to further advance the protection of Europe's nature. One of the central elements of the strategy targets is the increase of protected area coverage on land and sea, as well as the dedicated designation... Read more

Naumann, S., Noebel, R., Fuchs, G. and Roscher, S. 2021: Protected area management in the EU – Supporting the advancement of the Trans-European Nature Network. ETC/BD report to the EEA.

Cover der Publikation "State of nature in the EU 2020"


The European Environmental Agency (EEA) published their landmark report on the state of nature in the EU on 19th October 2020, representing the most comprehensive assessment of the status of European nature and biodiversity to date. Supported by Ecologic Institute... Read more

EEA, 2020: State of nature in the EU. Results from reporting under the nature directives 2013–2018, Technical report No 10/2020, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen.

Publication's cover

© European Environment Agency (EEA)

This report is complementary to the third edition of the State of Nature report, which describes the state of nature in the EU based on reports from Member States under the Birds (2009/147/EC) and the Habitats (92/43/EEC) Directives for the period 2013-2018. It details... Read more

Röschel, L., Noebel, R., Stein, U., Naumann, S., Romão, C., Tryfon, E., Gaudillat, Z., Roscher, S., Moser, D., Ellmauer, T., Löhnertz, M., Halada, L., Staneva, A. and Rutherford, C., 2020. State of Nature in the EU - Methodological paper. Methodologies under the Nature Directives reporting 2013-2018 and analysis for the State of Nature 2000. ETC/BD report to the EEA.

over of the workshop summry "Fostering applied research on the synergies between biodiversity and climate"

© Bundeamt für Naturschutz (BfN)

The international online expert workshop "Fostering applied research on the synergies between biodiversity and climate" organised by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) on 8 and 9 June 2022 brought together around 30 leading scientists to exchange knowledge... Read more

Naumann, Sandra et. al. 2022: Fostering applied research on the synergies between biodiversity and climate. Results from the BfN International Expert Workshop on 8-9 June 2022. BfN-Schriften 639. Bundesamt für Naturschutz.