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"10 Must-Dos" on biodiversity

To support decision-makers in taking action to strengthen biodiversity, experts have published 10 Must Dos from Biodiversity Science. The recommendations range from protecting areas and restoring ecosystems to expanding information infrastructures.

In the run-up to the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Montreal, Canada, scientists from the Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity published 10 Must Dos from Biodiversity Science in December 2022. They are calling for policy-makers world-wide to take in the scientific knowledge synthesised in the 10 Must Knows from Biodiversity Science (10MustKnows) to inform much needed policies. The 10 Must-Dos are intended to support decision makers in taking action to halt the anthropogenic extinction of species and to strengthen biodiversity by proposing solutions that can be implemented with immediate effect.

The 10 Must Dos from Biodiversity Science are:

  1. The researchers support the demand to protect 30 per cent of land and sea areas by 2030, to designate a further 20 per cent as climate stabilisation areas (where protection does not necessarily preclude sustainable management), and to restore a billion hectares of degraded ecosystems worldwide.
  2. They call for the consistent promotion and integration of biodiversity in urban areas, where already more than half of the world’s population are living today.
  3. They call for the widespread reduction of artificial light around fauna-flora-habitat areas (FFH areas).
  4. They call for the preservation, maintenance and documentation of indigenous and local languages and their associated knowledge systems.
  5. They call for the global protection of primary forests from overexploitation and for the development of degraded forests into natural, climate-resilient forests through targeted planting and natural regeneration.
  6. They demand that existing subsidy instruments are used specifically for the transformation of agriculture towards more biodiversity-friendly production.
  7. They demand that the protection of natural resources (soil, water, air) and of biodiversity be mainstreamed in all political and planning decision-making processes locally, regionally, nationally and globally.
  8. They call for a strengthening of intergovernmental coordination and cooperation within the European Union to bring about protection strategies that also take into account impacts beyond national borders (telecoupling).
  9. They call for maintaining open access to and unrestricted use of scientific biodiversity data sources, for expanding information infrastructures, and for securing them in the long term.
  10. They demand te abolishment of harmful subsidies and the provision of incentives for the economic and finance sector to invest in protecting  and  conserving  biodiversity

Author: (Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity/ile)


More information on Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity website

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