We are calling for policymakers worldwide to take in the scientific knowledge synthesized in the 10 Must Knows from Biodiversity Science 2022 to inform much needed policies. At the UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal in December 2022, your decisive action is needed to halt the man-made extinction of species and to strengthen biodiversity. The 10MustDos22 are intended to support you in taking such action by proposing solutions that can be implemented with immediate effect.

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MustDo 7: Did you know that human interventions have altered, sometimes severely, 77% of the global land area (excluding Antarctica) and 85% of the oceans [1]?

This impacts the habitats of 83% of wild mammals and 50 percent of plants [1]. We demand that the protection of natural resources (soil, water, air) and of biodiversity is mainstreamed in all political and planning decision-making processes locally, regionally, nationally and globally. This priority must not be weakened by individual interests. To promote the transformation towards a resource-conserving and sustainable society, innovative forces (Change Agents) are also central actors.


[1] Pörtner et al. (2021). Scientific outcome of the IPBES-IPCC co-sponsored workshop on biodiversity and climate change. (IPBES secretariat, Bonn, Germany) doi:10.5281/zenodo.5101125