The diversity of life is valuable: It guarantees people goods and services such as clean water, food and raw materials. Biodiversity is the basis for health and a stable environment. Diverse habitats mean secure yields in agriculture, mitigate the effects of climate change and increase the attractiveness of locations. One of the key challenges is to reconcile the goals of national and international biodiversity agreements with the often competing objectives of climate, energy, agricultural and economic policy. The Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity combines the expertise of Leibniz institutions in the environmental, social, life, spatial and economic sciences to develop sustainable solutions.
Without swift, deep, and widespread action, we risk losing a million species over the next few decades and experiencing a 3°C increase in average global temperature. We therefore need clear priorities for protection now and active nature management to secure our own future. The scientific facts are on the table - they are clear: Nature needs to be protected! The Berlin Declaration on the 2022 World Nature Summit makes tangible proposals for sustainable and nature-based solutions for the joint protection of climate and biodiversity. Written by the three natural science museums of the Leibniz Association, which are also partners in our Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity .
In the 10 Must Knows from Biodiversity Science 45 scientists present facts about biodiversity in a well-founded and generally intelligible way. They analyse the complex systems of the earth by highlighting ten key areas, each of which, in turn, is inextricably linked to all the others. And they show ways to stop the continued loss of species diversity and ecosystems, and to promote biodiversity. The underlying aim is to provide policy-makers and society with scientifically validated assessments of the latest knowledge to facilitate improved policy decisions and action at local, regional, national and global levels, in order to conserve the diversity of life – biodiversity. Find further information on the 10MustKnows here.
PD Prof. Dr. Kisten Thonicke initially presented the 10 Must Knows from Biodiversity Science at the event "Auf dem Weg zur Weltnaturkonferenz" on March 15th 2022. Along with representatives from the economic, scientific and political spheres the new goals for the protection of nature and the german biodiversity strategy, especially with regard to the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP15), were discussed.