The 10 Must Knows for the conservation of biodiversity have been published

The „10 Must Knows from Biodiversity Science 2024“ are intended as a guide for the conservation of biodiversity. They are being published for the second time in 2024 and update the “Must Knows” from 2022. 64 experts have pooled their knowledge and compiled recommendations and scientific facts in the form of “10 Must-Knows from Biodiversity Science”, which can now be incorporated into the national biodiversity strategy that is to be adopted before the next World Conference on Nature in autumn 2024. corsus Managing Director Dr Ulrike Eberle, an expert in sustainable food systems and biodiversity, has contributed her expertise on the impact of nutrition on biodiversity to “Must Know 10”.

The new report shows policymakers and society concrete ways in which biodiversity can be effectively conserved and sustainably utilised at local, national and European level, and how this can also protect the climate. The National Biodiversity Strategy 2030 is currently being developed for the national implementation of the 23 global biodiversity targets agreed by the member states at the United Nations World Conference on Nature in December 2022. In order to provide up-to-date facts from the scientific community, the first version of the “10 Must-Knows” from 2022 was expanded to include numerous aspects and brought up to date with the help of current literature. The report that has now been published addresses, for example, how the impact of food consumption on biodiversity can be reduced in concrete terms. Every year, German food consumption takes up 166,000 square kilometres of land in Germany and other countries, with serious consequences for biodiversity. “Animal products (including meat, eggs and dairy products) account for only a third of the weight of food consumed, but take up three quarters of the land (75%) and are responsible for 76% of the impact on biodiversity,” says biologist Ulrike Eberle.

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The “10 must-knows from biodiversity science 2024” include

  • Realising climate and biodiversity protection together
  • Enabling a healthy life on a healthy planet
  • Paying attention to undiscovered biodiversity
  • Linking linguistic, cultural and biological diversity
  • Harmonising the diverse use of forest ecosystems and biodiversity conservation
  • Transforming the agricultural and food system
  • Protecting land and resources
  • Bring about transformative change through international cooperation and education for sustainable development
  • Ensure free access and open use of biodiversity-related data
  • Reduce the impact of food consumption on biodiversity

The “10 Must Knows from Biodiversity Science” were coordinated by the Leibniz Research Network on Biodiversity and compiled in cooperation with the BMBF Research Initiative on Biodiversity (FEdA) and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig. Prior to publication, it was reviewed and commented on by experts from politics, administration, science and associations.

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