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 mitigate the effects of climate change, secure yields in agriculture, 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 policies.
The Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity (Leibniz Biodiversity) combines the expertise of 18 Leibniz institutions in the environmental, social, life, spatial, and economic sciences as well as the humanities to develop sustainable solutions.
The authors of the 10 Must Knows from Biodiversity Science (2022, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.6257527, 10MustKnows) have developed their scientific findings further into 10 Must Dos from Biodiversity Science (10MustDos). The 10MustDos correspond with ten concrete recommendations for political actions that can be implemented in the short term. They are intended to serve as a guide for negotiations at the 15th UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15, 7-19 December 2022 in Montréal). In addition, they also aim at supporting practical policy-making in Germany, Europe and worldwide through well-founded scientific knowledge with the overarching goal to protect global biodiversity and to stop the man-made extinction of species. The proposed solutions open up possibilities for action which are in alignment with the goals of the UN Decade for the Restoration of Ecosystems (2021-2030) and contribute to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are to be implemented by all states by 2030 in order to tackle the biodiversity, climate, and equity crisis collectively. Find further information on the 10MustDos here.
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.
Photo Microscope: by Konstantin Kolosov on Pixabay Photo dragonfly: by Marc Pascual on Pixabay Photo meadow: by Silvia on Pixabay Photo beans: Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)