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Forest, COVID-19, Food and Extinction of Species: Research network publishes "10 Must Knows" on biodiversity

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"10 Must Knows from Biodiversity Science”, ranging from climate stress for German forests, the restructuring of agriculture to the corona virus that has jumped from animals to humans, are now published for the first time. More than 45 experts from the Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity and colleagues have compiled this inventory on the preservation of nature as the basis of human life. In the run-up to the World Summit on Nature – the UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China – the report is intended to invite dialogue, the researchers say. At the same time, they voice clear policy demands.

„If we continue business as usual, we will undermine the foundations of our life on this planet," explains Kirsten Thonicke from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, speaker of the Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity. "It is important not to look at individual phenomena such as a single species threatened with extinction but to look at the connections. In the end, it is about the air we breathe and the water we drink. We want to encourage people to tackle the challenges. The longer we delay, the more difficult and the more expensive it becomes – there are clear parallels here with the climate issue."

The publication offers scientifically validated information and suggestions for action to preserve biodiversity in ten thematic areas. Prof. Bettina Matzdorf was involved in the creation of the must-knows "Transforming agriculture" and "Setting biodiversity-friendly incentives". She heads Program Area 2 "Land Use and Governance" and the working group "Governance of Ecosystem Services" at the Leibniz Center for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, and is professor of "Ecosystem Services - Economic and Planning Aspects" at Leibniz Universität Hannover. ZALF researcher Dr. Lasse Loft, an expert in environmental law with a focus on ecosystem services, forests and climate protection, was involved in the creation of the must-know "Using forests sustainably".


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The publication "10 Must-Knows from Biodiversity Research 2022" by the Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity provides an overview of the current state of research on the topic and includes recommendations for policy action to conserve biodiversity. Source: ©michasager / Pixabay.
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