The loss of biodiversity is a challenge humankind is facing which resembles the challenge climate change is posing and both are tightly connected. The destruction of habitat goes on. Many species are threatened with extinction. Already extinct species are irreversibly lost. Also in Germany, the loss of biodiversity becomes noticeable: One quarter of all plant species and one third of all animal species are considered endangered in their continued existence. The loss of biodiversity will not only have an impact on food, but it will also affect the functioning and resilience of ecosystems. Degraded ecosystems can only partly supply the so-called ecosystem services, such as clean water, local climate regulations and the degradation of pollutants. Research funding wants to make a contribution to preserve biodiversity as livelihood and important element of ecosystem functioning. Jointly with the stakeholders from the respective regions, the research projects develop common action strategies and concepts for a sustainable use. An intensive exchange with the relevant disciplines, natural sciences, social sciences and economic disciplines as well as with relevant stakeholders are crucial for the success of the projects. This is how the research projects in Germany as well as within international collaborations face the problem of biodiversity loss.
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