CAS' Research Scientist WANG Qingwei Serves as a Member of UNEP Environmental Effects Assessment Panel
Dr. WANG Qingwei of the Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, was officially invited to serve as a member of the UNEP Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP) for a four-year term. He is also the first Chinese member of the "Terrestrial Ecosystem" work-group since EEAP's establishment in 1987.
Stratospheric ozone depletion is a global environmental problem facing mankind. Ozone depletion causes more ultraviolet radiation to reach the Earth's surface, which can directly damage cells of organisms, and cause adverse consequences for human health and the biosphere. From March to September 2022, the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP) of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) invited 46 scientists from the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, China and other countries to assess the impacts of ozone layer depletion, ultraviolet radiation and climate change on terrestrial vegetation and human beings as well as the effectiveness of global efforts in ozone layer protection in the past four years.
Dr. WANG Qingwei has been invited by Professor Janet Bornman, Chairman of the EEAP, for 3 consecutive years to join the international team to compile the "Terrestrial Ecosystem" chapter of the yearly-revised Environmental Effects Assessment Report. This year's assessment report showed that solar radiation and climate change and their interactions significantly affect the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems; and the Montreal Protocol continues to play an important role in terrestrial ecosystem health and diversification and in mitigating the negative effects of climate change through limiting greenhouse gas emissions and maintaining carbon sequestration capacity of terrestrial ecosystems.
Entitled "Environmental Effects and Interactions of Stratospheric Ozone Depletion, UV Radiation, and Climate Change: 2022 Assessment Report," the final assessment report will provide scientific guidance to countries around the world to formulate environmental and sustainable development policies.