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DNCi2023 report published: Protecting biodiversity | What can Saxony do?
12/19/2023 · IOER
How can actors in Saxony contribute to the fulfilment of global biodiversity goals? This question was the focus of the Interim Dresden Nexus Conference (DNCi2023) in summer 2023, a regional workshop format related to the international Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC). The summary of the results has now been published by the three organising institutions: United Nations University (UNU-FLORES), Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) and TUD Dresden University of Technology.
When darkness disappears: How light pollution is changing aquatic life
11/30/2023 · IGB
Humans have traditionally settled near water, which is why light pollution levels are particularly high along coastlines, rivers and lakes. Excessive artificial light in freshwater environments has far-reaching consequences for aquatic organisms and entire ecosystems. But what exactly happens to light underwater? How do animals perceive it? And how do organisms adapt their body functions and behaviour to it? These and other questions are at the heart of scientific research into light at Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), and why not all light is the same.
Contagious behaviour: Social conformity in animals and humans can be useful, but also dangerous
09/28/2023 · IGB
Animal behavioural research is fascinating, not least because it reveals information about how we humans interact with each other as social beings. Behavioural biologists at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) are deeply involved in exploring the ways in which communities like schools of fish make decisions and the factors that influence individuality. Current research shows that behaviour can be “contagious”. It also reveals the role that anticipation plays in collective decision-making – and that even genetically identical individuals raised under the same conditions can develop different character traits.
10MustKnows24 authors convened in Leipzig for Writing Workshop
09/20/2023 · Leibniz Biodiversity, FEdA and iDiv
On 20 September the 10MustKnows24 authors and coordinators from the Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity (Leibniz Biodiversity) and the BMBF Research Initiative for the Conservation of Biodiversity (FEdA) convened at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in Leipzig for their central writing workshop.
Biodiversity in agricultural landscapes requires flexible framework conditions: EU research project Contracts 2.0 publishes handbook for policymakers
06/05/2023 · ZALF
On today's 50th World Environment Day, the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) published the handbook "Co-Creating Contracts", which results from an EU Horizon 2020 research project. The coordinator of the project, Professor Bettina Matzdorf, emphasises that more innovative approaches such as cooperative and results-oriented agri-environmental measures should be implemented in practice in close cooperation between science and practice and that experimental spaces such as living labs should also be used for this purpose. In the Contracts 2.0 project, approaches such as co-design and bottom-up principles as well as the involvement of all relevant stakeholders played an essential role.
Nature in the city ticks differently: a map of urban ecology research provides an overview
05/03/2023 · IGB
How do animals and plants survive and thrive in cities? Urban ecology is a growing research field. To find orientation in the information jungle on urban ecology, a team led by Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) and Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) has created a map of 62 important research hypotheses in urban ecology. Among them are the idea of the daring city dweller, life on credit or the biological monotony of cities. Research has yet to show how robust the hypotheses are and to which cities they apply. The overview provides an important basis for this endeavor. It is openly available in Wikidata.
Leibniz Lunch at the Bundestag "130 Days After the World Biodiversity Conference": Stimulating exchange between science and politics
04/28/2023 · Leibniz Association and Leibniz Biodiversity
At the invitation of Leibniz President Professor Martina Brockmeier and the Chairman of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment Kai Gehring, MdB, Leibniz Biodiversity presented the latest scientific findings and important contexts relevant for the implementation of the global biodiversity framework goals in Germany 130 days after the World Biodiversity Conference. PD Dr Kirsten Thonicke (PIK), Professor Jörg Overmann (DSMZ) and PD Dr Kerstin Drastig (ATB) gave scientific presentations on climate, biocultural biodiversity, biodiversity-friendly incentives, invisible biodiversity, digital sequence information, sustainable agriculture, food and water. In a subsequent discussion moderated by Eva Rahner (PIK), the topics were discussed and deepened with the political representatives.
Polar bear Knut reminds us of our responsibility
04/01/2023 · MfN
Knut attracted millions of people to the Berlin Zoological Garden. On March 19, 2011, he died at the age of only four, many people grieved the death of the polar bear. Today he stands as a taxidermy in the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and reminds us all how threatened our planet is by man-made climate change and species loss. Like hardly any other animal species, polar bears have become a symbol for the consequences of climate change.