Biodiversity is precious: It guarantees us goods and services such as clean water, food and natural resources. Biodiversity is the basis for health and a stable environment. Diverse habitats secure agricultural yields, cushion the adverse effects of climate change, and increase the appeal of a given location. Not least, biodiversity is of ethical, cultural and aesthetic significance.

One of the main challenges is to reconcile the objectives of national and international biodiversity agreements with often competing climate, energy, agricultural and economic policy goals.

The Leibniz Biodiversity Network, founded in 2008, bundles the skills of 17 Leibniz institutions in environmental, social, life, spatial and economic sciences to draw up recommendations for sustainable solutions.

Scientists from the institutions and research museums record and document biodiversity, research into topics of major social relevance, inform the public competently and advise policy-makers on the development and implementation of their biodiversity goals.

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