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 8: Did you know that 18% of the EU‘s land area and more than 8% of its marine areas [1] are protected by the Natura 2000 network?

The world‘s largest coordinated network of protected areas provides a refuge – although varyingly secure – for threatened species and Europe‘s most valuable habitats. We call for a strengthening of intergovernmental coordination and cooperation within the EU to bring about protection strategies that also take into account impacts beyond national borders (telecoupling). This requires the establishment of a secure long-term transregional and global monitoring system (stratified biodiversity monitoring) as well as of an extensive early warning system.


[1] European Environment Agency: Natura 2000 Barometer. (https://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/dashboards/natura-2000-barometer). Last access: 25.11.2022