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Anton Shkaruba

Anton Shkaruba is a senior researcher at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. His research focus is on biodiversity governance, urban planning, and science-policy interfacing.


He was a lead author for the IPBES Europe & Central Asia regional assessment and is currently a lead author of the IPBES assessment on sustainable use of wild species. Anton is a co-director of EEA summer schools on sustainability transitions, and summer schools on biodiversity and ecosystem governance.

Anton is as well a landscape researcher with extensive research, teaching, and capacity building experience in relation to the adaptive management and governance of socio-ecological systems, including organization of a series of summer schools on adaptation and the precautionary principle (2009-2019), teaching courses to MSc students on climate change adaptation, the adaptation of social-ecological systems and carbon sequestration (since 2009), consultancy engagements related to the development of flexible mechanisms of Kyoto Protocol (UNDP) and climate-proof cities (EuropeAid), Horizon 2020 and FP5-7 projects related to ecosystem management and governance of natural resources.

Dr. Shkaruba has extensive experience in capacity-building actions for higher education and research training in the target region and beyond. In particular, he is managing a doctoral school network with partners in Mongolia and India.