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March 31, 2021: further publications
New textbook "Conservation Biology"

So far there has been no textbook for nature conservation biology in German that is geared towards Central Europe. This new book fills that gap. It summarizes the basics of nature conservation biology, presents new research results and shows their possible applications for practical nature conservation.
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March 31, 2021: further publications
Newly published: "Atlas of Mammals - Switzerland and Liechtenstein"

The largest survey of mammals to date in Switzerland and Liechtenstein has been completed: 99 species have been detected, 12 more than in the last survey from 1995. Some of the species such as wolves and otters are back, others such as the Valais shrew or the cryptic bat have been re-established discovered. Based on over 1 million observations, the book documents the occurrence of mammals more precisely than ever before.
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March 31, 2021: further publications
Nature guide to the ferns of Central Europe

The identification book and reference work presents all 103 species of ferns growing in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and is supplemented by numerous identification aids and a newly designed field key. It is aimed at both those interested in plants and specialists.
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March 31, 2021: further publications
New manual for the management of natural history collections

A standard work for the management of natural history collections was published as the first product of the Swiss Network Natural History Collections (SwissCollNet), which was launched this year. Written by and for people who work with natural history collections, this handbook aims to compile existing knowledge and make it easily accessible. It presents practical measures that are relevant for the preservation of natural history objects, the coordinated digitization of the associated data and the development of a modern digital infrastructure.
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March 31, 2021: IPBES
IPBES: Review of important assessments, plenary assembly and stakeholder days

The second draft of the IPBES report on the sustainable use of wild species will be available for review from April 15, 2021 (including the first version of the summary for decision-makers). The 8th plenary meeting of IPBES will also take place from June 14th to 24th (online). The topics will be discussed in advance on the stakeholder days, which are open to everyone (June 3 to 9).
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March 31, 2021: Picked up
Nature congress on August 26, 2021 - call for contributions

At this year's nature congress, experts from various fields will discuss the subject of “Biodiversity in times of crisis - setting an agenda for more nature”. For the afternoon program, organizations can submit proposals for a deep dive session until April 23rd. The congress will take place online.
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March 31, 2021: international research
Species detection dogs in the service of research and nature conservation

The lists of threatened animal, fungus and plant species are getting longer and longer. However, it is often difficult to find out where exactly individual species still occur and how their populations are developing. Species detection dogs can be a valuable aid in such cases, in order to find the species you are looking for faster and more effectively than with other methods.
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March 31, 2021: Picked up
Online conference “Natural Playgrounds” on May 8th

Children need play spaces that stimulate all of their senses. The promotion of physical activity in children can be easily combined with nature, as can design with ecology. The online conference “Natural Playrooms” on Saturday, May 8th of the Naturama Aargau is aimed at supervisors and teachers, school administrators, municipal authorities, workshop managers, housekeeping, landscape architects and other people interested in nature. In addition, the afternoon excursion on June 16 to a near-natural play area in Buchs is an ideal addition to the practice.
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March 31, 2021: international research
The end of restraint: Researchers have to communicate the whole drama of the mass extinction

An international group of scientists has presented a comprehensive and well-founded summary of the ecological status of the world. The article shows that without fundamental changes in human behavior, the outlook is darker and more dangerous than is generally believed. Researchers are responsible not to gloss over this fact, but to communicate the facts openly and with all clarity.
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March 31, 2021: Picked up
Underpants evidence: How healthy are Swiss floors?

The soil fulfills numerous functions and is a habitat for billions of tiny organisms. But our soils are at great risk all over the world. In the Citizen Science project “Evidence underpants” you can explore the ground beneath your feet and at the same time contribute to a nationwide survey of the state of the soil.
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March 31, 2021: international research
Genetic diversity: understanding better in order to be able to protect better

Genetic diversity enables species to adapt to changes in the environment. It is therefore the basis of evolution. The genetic diversity is, however, very heterogeneously distributed between regions and species groups. This has consequences for measures to conserve biodiversity on a global level. Today these focus in particular on the diversity of species and ecosystems; in the future, they will have to take genetic diversity into account to a much greater extent.
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March 31, 2021: Picked up
Ecological impacts of transport infrastructures and traffic - all information on one website

A new website offers knowledge on the ecological effects of linear traffic routes and traffic. It is aimed at everyone who is involved in the planning or maintenance of transport infrastructures or who are affected by them. Such infrastructures include roads, railways, power lines, pipelines, tracks and paths. The website offers summaries of scientific studies, implementation examples and best practice recommendations.
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March 31, 2021: Research CH
Climate change is causing problems for the Swiss stone pine at lower altitudes

The Swiss stone pine only forms ripe cones between 40 and 60 years of age and becomes very old. Due to the long generation time, there is a risk that it will not be able to adapt quickly enough to ongoing climate change and will locally become extinct. It is all the more important that the Swiss stone pine has the appropriate genetic tools. But the Swiss stone pines at lower altitudes mainly consist of gene variants that do not cope well with a warmer and drier climate.
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March 31, 2021: Picked up
Landscape knowledge for teachers

Landscape qualities are no longer a matter of course. The loss of ecological, regional and thus landscape diversity is detrimental to biodiversity, the economic attractiveness of the location and quality of life. A new website shows to what extent landscapes shape our quality of life today and in the future. The content is aimed at teachers of all levels.
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March 31, 2021: Research CH
Hedges and flower strips are allies of agriculture

Hedges and flower strips are not only important for biodiversity, they also contribute to the pollination of crops and pest control. Flower strips in particular promote pest control in neighboring crops. As the distance from hedges and flower strips increases, both pest control and pollination performance decrease. The positive effect of the flower strips on pollination performance depends on the variety of plants and the age.
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March 31, 2021: Research CH
Climate change is changing Swiss lakes

Climate change affects the water temperature, the ice cover and the mixing of many Swiss lakes. Especially lakes at medium altitudes could lose their ice cover completely and would therefore no longer mix completely twice a year. That would have fundamental effects on the marine ecosystems and their biodiversity.
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February 19, 2021: Research CH
Monetary valuation of public goods and ecosystem services: the established standards are insufficient

Increasingly, willingness-to-pay surveys are used to determine the value of public goods and ecosystem services. However, the survey approaches and reporting standards established today are inadequate. Highly relevant and well-researched causes of bias are neglected and suppressed in the communication of the results. The use of the results jeopardizes the credibility of the environmental assessment and environmental policy.
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February 19, 2021: Research CH
New book on the forest: The right balance between use and biodiversity protection

Experts describe the coexistence of several forest uses on the same area as "integrative forest management". This multifunctional management approach requires those responsible for the forest to have a lot of experience and knowledge of ecological interrelationships. A new book sheds light on the balance between forest use and biodiversity protection.
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February 19, 2021: Research CH
Biodiversity promotion areas in Ticino show a high level of biodiversity

A comparison of the plant species in biodiversity promotion areas (BFF) with conventionally used areas in Ticino has shown that the species richness and functional diversity are significantly higher on BFF. Over a third of the species found in the BFF were target and flagship species that agriculture wants to maintain and promote. It is particularly striking that none of these species were found on conventional meadows and pastures.
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February 19, 2021: Research international
Urbanization is throwing pollinators and plants out of sync

The more urban a settlement is, the earlier the plants bloom. But because the pollinators do not react in unison, the plant-pollinator network threatens to tear apart with increasing urbanization. This is shown by studies from the Lille area (F).
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February 19, 2021: Research international
More networking and fewer animals that are run over by correctly placed wild fences

Wildlife fences along roads and railroad tracks are an effective measure to reduce traffic accidents with wild animals - if they are actually built where the danger is greatest. Researchers have now developed a procedure to prioritize the location and length of fences in such a way that the landscape is as networked as possible and the collisions are as deep as possible.
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February 19, 2021: Research international
Street trees help against depression

There is evidence that street trees in the immediate vicinity of people can reduce the risk of depression and the need for antidepressants in urban populations. This is shown by an interdisciplinary study from Leipzig (D). Planting trees in urban residential areas could therefore be an efficient nature-based solution to combat mental illness, local climate change and the loss of biodiversity.
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February 19, 2021: Research international
More bird species in the area can increase life satisfaction

A high variety of bird species in the vicinity is correlated with individual life satisfaction. Ten percent more bird species in the area increase life satisfaction just as much as a comparable increase in income. Future research must further investigate the causal relationships of this relationship observed at European level and uncover the underlying mechanisms.
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February 19, 2021: IPBES
IPBES Assessment on the Value of Nature: Open to Review

The second draft of the IPBES report on the various concepts of the values ​​of nature and the benefits of nature for people ("Values ​​assessment") is available for assessment by March 19, 2021 (including a summary for decision-makers) .
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February 19, 2021: further publications
Building blocks for the integration of biodiversity in model building regulations

With the Swiss Biodiversity Strategy and its action plan, biodiversity in the settlement area has become a national priority. In addition to promoting biodiversity, ecologically valuable open spaces are of central importance for the quality of life and health of the residents. A new concept study compiles the planning instruments for the better promotion of nature in the settlement area.
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February 19, 2021: further publications
New fact sheet "Achieving the SDGs with biodiversity"

The 17 sustainability goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda are closely linked. There are synergies and conflicting goals. More and more studies are therefore looking for measures that have a positive effect on several goals at the same time or on sustainability as a whole. It showed that the promotion of biodiversity is particularly worthwhile, that it has a lot of synergies and hardly any conflicting goals. The new fact sheet “Achieving the SDGs with biodiversity” from the Biodiversity Forum (SCNAT) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Switzerland) shows in detail for each SDG what an investment in biodiversity brings.
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February 19, 2021: further publications
Structures that promote biodiversity in agriculture

Structures are essential for the conservation and promotion of numerous species of animals, plants, fungi, lichens, and mosses in the agricultural area. Together with experts, the Biodiversity Forum has gathered knowledge on the importance of structures for biodiversity and its development, identified deficits and the need for action, and formulated measures with which structures that promote biodiversity can be promoted more intensively.
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February 19, 2021: further publications
The German science academies recommend urgent measures for biodiversity in agricultural landscapes

In their statement “Biodiversity and Management of Agricultural Landscapes”, the German science academies make recommendations in eight fields of action. The protection of biodiversity requires a change in society as a whole towards sustainable agriculture. The scientists therefore advocate a systemic approach with a variety of approaches that also incorporate synergies.
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February 19, 2021: further publications
Light forest action plan: Promotion of target species and habitat quality

Light forests are important habitats for many habitat specialists. An action plan, which was published as part of the federal species promotion concept, defines a standard procedure to take greater account of the currently and potentially occurring target species and their habitat requirements.
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February 19, 2021: Picked up
Practical help for the upgrading of forest edges

Forest edges can provide a habitat for many animal and plant species. They are also important networking elements in the cleared cultural landscape. A new website shows how forest edges can be ecologically upgraded and what needs to be taken into account when looking after them.
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February 19, 2021: Picked up
Forum Wilderness Switzerland: New network makes wilderness an issue

The Wilderness Switzerland Forum, founded in 2020, is the common voice of all organizations, institutions and people in Switzerland who are interested in or are committed to wilderness. Excursions, meetings and a newsletter help to promote the exchange on wilderness.
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February 19, 2021: Picked up
“2021 GBIF Young Researchers Award”: Apply now

The international network GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) awards two prizes for master's or doctoral theses based on GBIF data. Candidates can apply to GBIF Switzerland for nomination until April 15th.
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December 11th, 2020: Research CH
Agricultural diversification promotes ecosystem services without significant yield losses

Diversification in agriculture has a positive effect on a wide range of ecosystem services without significantly impairing crop yields. Agriculture that uses the forces of nature and the diversity of agricultural practice preserves and promotes both biodiversity and food security.
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December 11th, 2020: Research CH
Intensive land use disrupts interactions in ecosystems

A high level of use in agriculture and forestry has a negative impact on biological diversity and ecosystem services. Researchers have now determined how different intensities of land use influence the interactions between biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services. The findings can serve as an early warning signal to identify critical changes in ecosystems in good time.
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December 11th, 2020: Research CH
The influence of bush cover in alpine pastures on biodiversity depends on the density and type of bushes

Whether the biodiversity of alpine pastures increases or decreases due to the bushes depends on the type and density of the bushes. For example, individual laying pines promote biodiversity. The widespread green alder, on the other hand, is causing a massive decline in diversity. In order to preserve the biodiversity of the Swiss alpine pastures, one needs, among other things, targeted measures to counteract the encroachment of green alder.
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December 11th, 2020: Research CH
Less tidying up in forests after disturbances

Forest areas affected by forest fires, windthrow or other disturbances are often valuable habitats for specialized species. It helps them if such forest areas are only partially cleared up.
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December 11th, 2020: Research international
Ambitious global biodiversity goals are needed

The global biodiversity targets set for 2020 are far from being achieved. The international community is currently in the process of formulating new goals for 2050. 39 researchers from all over the world have now examined these draft targets. It has been shown that ambitious goals for different aspects of biodiversity are necessary for a trend reversal. However, even these only lead to success if they are implemented comprehensively.
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December 11th, 2020: Research international
Species-rich plant communities contribute to natural pest control

A greater variety of plants reduces the negative effects of herbivorous insects in meadows because the specific forage plants are rarer and the natural predators of the harmful insects are promoted. This means that maintaining plant diversity is critical to maintaining food webs that can provide natural pest control.
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December 11th, 2020: Research international
The ecological impact of fences is underestimated

Fences are built wherever people live. Amazingly, the ecological impact of these barriers is rarely investigated. It is now evident that the negative effects of fences are underestimated. However, through the intelligent design and placement of the fences, the unwanted effects can be minimized.
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December 11th, 2020: Research international
The nature conservation commitment of German companies under the microscope

A nationwide survey in Germany has shown that a surprisingly large number of companies are committed to protecting biological diversity and natural habitats. Above all, the expectations of customers, the workforce and the general public encourage entrepreneurial engagement. So far, the focus has been on donations and a natural design of the company premises. This is partly because there is a lack of knowledge of how companies could otherwise contribute to the preservation of biological diversity.
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December 11, 2020: further publications
"Attention: Swiss landscape"

In Switzerland, concerns about the protection of nature and the landscape are often not given sufficient weight when balancing divergent interests. In his book, the landscape conservationist Hans Weiss demands that the future development of the country should no longer be thought of in terms of settlement, but of the landscape. His text is an appeal to preserve and promote the quality of the landscape.
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December 11, 2020: further publications
Excessive nitrogen and phosphorus inputs damage biodiversity, forests and bodies of water

Excessive nitrogen and phosphorus inputs into the environment cause massive damage to biodiversity, forests and bodies of water in Switzerland, intensify climate change and impair human health. In a fact sheet, the Swiss Biodiversity Forum shows the state of knowledge on the causes of excessive emissions, their effects on biodiversity and the options for action.
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December 11, 2020: further publications
Bringing forest management and biodiversity promotion into harmony

The Austrian Forest Board of Trustees has published two practice-oriented handbooks that present measures to promote the species and habitats of the Fauna-Flora-Habitat Directive. Experts from nature conservation and forestry have developed management recommendations that help make the forest a place in which ecological and economic interests find their place.
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December 11, 2020: further publications
Integration instead of competition: Land use in the service of biodiversity conservation, climate protection and a sustainable food system

Only if the way we deal with land as a resource fundamentally changes can the decline in biodiversity be stopped, the climate goals achieved and the global food system made sustainable. This is the conclusion reached by a new report by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). The authors propose strategies to overcome the competition between the different usage requirements.
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December 11, 2020: further publications
REDD +: The high expectations have not yet been met

The REDD + forest protection program is intended to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in developing and emerging countries and thus contribute to climate and biodiversity protection. So far, the program has not been able to meet these high expectations. However, REDD + has contributed both to political attention and to considerable capacity building for forest protection in the participating countries.
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December 11th, 2020: IPBES
IPBES report on pandemics: It takes a careful approach to nature

The Biodiversity Council IPBES warns of further infectious diseases if the exploitation and destruction of the natural foundations of life continue as before. A workshop report, in which 22 scientists from all over the world took part, lists measures that could prevent an “age of pandemics”.
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December 11, 2020: Picked up
Thurgau's population wants a natural Thur

The people of Thurgau want a revitalized river with a wide river bed, dynamic alluvial forests and easy access to the water. This is shown by a representative survey. If the canton wants to meet the needs of the population and at the same time improve flood protection, far-reaching improvements to the current Thur + concept are required.
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December 11, 2020: Picked up
Biodiversity Day in Aargau: Excursion leaders and experts wanted

The next day of biodiversity in the canton of Aargau will take place on 29./30. May and June 5, 2021 at the Klingnau reservoir. The aim is to sensitize visitors to biological diversity. The organizers are still looking for excursion leaders and species experts.
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November 6, 2020: Picked up
Online platform on the topic of "Leisure and recreation in the forest"

A new website takes on the topic of “Leisure and recreation in the forest”. The aim of the knowledge platform is to illuminate the topic as comprehensively as possible and from different perspectives and to promote the exchange between research and practice. 10 tips for a respectful visit to the forest, which are presented with a video, are particularly worth mentioning.
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November 6, 2020: further publications
Recipes for success for the cultivation of species-rich flat bog pastures

Two out of three flat moors of national importance are grazed. But how high should the grazing intensity ultimately be in order to do justice to the diversity of species as best as possible? To answer this question, seven grazing situations in six cantons were analyzed as examples. Best practice recommendations could be derived from this.
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November 6, 2020: further publications
Bestiaire helvétique

The book with the (for German-speaking) unusual title "Bestiaire helvétique" shows in comic drawings the 413 vertebrate species found in our country and provides information about their habitat, habits and status. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, the author takes a new and surprising look at an important part of our country's biodiversity and invites us to protect and preserve it.
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November 6, 2020: further publications
Hydropower: Assess the risk of fish death on turbines

The passage of hydropower turbines can be fatal to fish. With several hydropower plants in the river section there is a risk of total loss of certain species. Researchers from Germany have now developed a method for assessing fish mortality in hydropower plants. The results show that especially small hydropower plants are ecologically problematic - and would often be unprofitable if they were equipped with the necessary fish protection.
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November 6, 2020: IPBES
IPBES workshop: Modeling "Nature Futures" scenarios, January 12-15, 2021

The World Biodiversity Council IPBES is organizing a workshop on future scenarios (“Nature Futures”; January 12-15, 2021). The workshop takes place within the framework of the IPBES task force, which is developing a new scenario tool kit "Nature Futures Framework" by 2022 in order to be able to formulate new, desirable scenarios for nature and humans. Nominations are still possible until November 9, 2020.
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November 6th, 2020: Research international
Climate change threatens insectivorous breeding birds

Surviving on a warming planet can be a matter of timing. But simply postponing your own behavior in order to adapt to the pace of climate change is dangerous for some animals. For example, insectivorous birds risk starvation if they start breeding earlier due to global warming.
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November 6th, 2020: Research international
Biodiversity data from particularly species-rich areas can lead to incorrect conclusions about general trends

The data collected by citizen science initiatives, museums and national parks are an important basis for research into biodiversity change. However, the selected locations are often not representative and can lead to incorrect conclusions about changes in biodiversity. In order to be able to make generally valid statements, researchers are calling for a more objective selection of locations and better training offers for people who take part in Citizen Science projects.
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November 6th, 2020: Research international
Naturally rare species are doubly endangered

Not only common, but also rare species can play a unique and important role in the ecosystem. However, naturally rare species are more threatened by humans than common species - and they are also more affected by climate change. So far, the protection of species has mainly been based on their identity and demographic development. The scientists therefore advise that in future species protection, the uniqueness of a species in the ecosystem should also be taken into account.
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November 6th, 2020: Research international
Untouched Forests in Europe: Distribution and Protection Status

The forest protection areas of Europe would only have to be expanded by 1% in order to protect most of the remaining European primeval forests. This has been calculated by an international team of researchers. For the first time, the study records the distribution and protection status of the last largely untouched forests across Europe and shows where there is an urgent need for action.
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November 6th, 2020: Research international
Loss of species affects people's livelihoods

The current loss of species has a direct impact on people's lives. Among other things, food, water supply, building materials and energy sources are affected. This is proven by the Jena Experiment, one of the largest experiments on biodiversity. New data show that ecosystem functions cannot be predicted based on the properties of plants alone, but that the entire complexity of the biotic and abiotic interactions must be taken into account.
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November 6th, 2020: Research CH
Amazing variety of bottom dwelling invertebrates in home gardens

Inventories of snails, spiders, millipedes, woodlice, ants and ground beetles in 35 gardens in Basel have revealed a remarkable diversity. The species communities differ greatly between the individual gardens - one reason for the overall high biodiversity. However, it was found that both the biodiversity and the number of individuals increase with increasing distance from the city center.
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November 6, 2020: Research CH
Declining quality of living space for hedgehogs in settlement areas

Hedgehogs now live in a higher density in settlement areas than in rural areas. But even here, hedgehogs are coming under increasing pressure. Data from the city of Zurich show that the hedgehog population here has decreased by 40% over the last 25 years and the area that is populated by hedgehogs has shrunk by 18%.
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November 6, 2020: Research CH
The spread of alien species: 2500 new species in Europe by 2050

With the help of a computer model, researchers have estimated the expected number of new alien species in various regions of the world by 2050. In Europe, an above-average increase of 64 percent is expected, which corresponds to around 2500 new alien species.
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30.9.2020: Research CH
The bird world in the Swiss Alps is becoming less diverse

In the Swiss Alps, bird biodiversity has decreased steadily over the past 20 years. The bird communities in the different altitudes are becoming more and more similar and also cover less ecological functions. This development is likely to be related to global warming and changes in land use.
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30.9.2020: Research CH
Declining whinchat populations: The main problem is in Europe, not Africa

Many birds in the agricultural area are doing badly across Europe, especially those species that overwinter in Africa. So are changes in the migration and wintering areas responsible for the population losses? A new study now shows that this is not the case, at least for the whinchat. The responsibility lies in Europe.
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30.9.2020: Research CH
Endangered plant species in Switzerland in sharp decline

As a rule, experts estimate the degree of endangerment of plant species because there is a worldwide lack of data on local population extinction. As part of a unique Swiss project, more than 400 volunteers visited known locations of all endangered plant species and checked the populations. The results are alarming: the previous locations of particularly endangered plant species can often no longer be confirmed. The data that have now been further processed have already been included in the current Red List, which was published in 2016.
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30.9.2020: Research CH
Wet rice fields in the Central Plateau can be valuable habitats

Wet fields are difficult to manage. Wet rice cultivation is an alternative form of cultivation. Not only does it provide food, it also provides habitats for endangered animal and plant species. A first cultivation trial was carried out in 2017 in the Swiss plateau, which has now been expanded to 6 locations and where the biodiversity was systematically recorded.
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30.9.2020: Research CH
Extinct mammal species: The cause was almost always humans

In the past 126,000 years, there is evidence that 351 species of mammals have become extinct. In 96% of all cases, humans and non-natural climatic changes were responsible for the extinction of mammal species.
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September 30, 2020: Research international
Changes in behavior in favor of biodiversity: A wide range of measures is required

It is a well-known problem: what is announced to the population in the field of nature conservation rarely leads people to really change their everyday behavior. A team of researchers examined the reasons for this using the example of insect death. Accordingly, the measures proposed in various European countries do not make sufficient use of the range of possible behavioral interventions and too seldom name the actual target groups.
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September 30, 2020: Research international
Pollination of wild plants in intensively used landscapes is severely impaired

Intensive land use affects the pollination of wild plants worldwide and thus their reproductive success. This applies in particular to plant species that exhibit highly specialized pollination.
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September 30, 2020: Research international
Habitat trees: A 200 year old nature conservation concept is beginning to take hold

The concept of habitat trees as a habitat for animals and plants has been around for 200 years. A literature study shows how the idea of ​​habitat trees as a nature conservation measure has developed and is gradually gaining acceptance worldwide.
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September 30, 2020: IPBES
6th Pan-European IPBES stakeholder meeting on invasive species

The Biodiversity Forum organizes together with other national IPBES platforms in Europe on 5./6. October 2020 the 6th Pan-European Stakeholder Meeting for IPBES. Biodiversity actors from Europe and Central Asia come together. The focus is on the draft report on invasive alien species, which can be commented on.
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September 30, 2020: further publications
UN warns of global ecological collapse: humanity is at a crossroads

Despite isolated advances, global degradation and the loss of ecosystems continues. This is the conclusion of the UN in its report Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO 5). Despite alarming findings, the report also shows that nature conservation is worthwhile and that measures are working. The 8 most important changes are shown that are required to first slow down the accelerated decline and then stop it.
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September 30, 2020: further publications
30% protected areas on a global scale: The economic benefits exceed the costs by more than five times

If 30% of the earth's surface were placed under protection, additional economic and ecosystem services in the amount of 600 billion dollars could be expected. This finding provides an important argument for including the 30% target in the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity next year. The nature conservation sector promotes economic growth, offers important non-monetary advantages and makes a contribution to a resilient global economy.
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September 30, 2020: further publications
Insect repellent in the supermarket

The new brochure from the Global Nature Fund shows what business can do to protect insects. The publication with the title "Easy Guide: Insect Protection in Standards of the Food Industry" lists the fields of action and names labels and production standards in Europe (including Switzerland) that contribute to the protection and promotion of insect diversity.
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9/30/2020: Picked up
Call for tenders started: Grand Prize for Biodiversity in Settlements

For the first time, the Sophie and Karl Binding Foundation calls on organizations to submit their creative, implemented projects for more biodiversity in the settlement area. The future prizewinner can look forward to 100,000 francs in prize money. Are you proud of your project? Then apply now! Closing date: January 31, 2021
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9/30/2020: Picked up
Planning and running nature experience spaces for children - a guideline from Germany

Balancing, digging or running, watching animals or nibbling on fruit - nature experiences are of great value to children. In cities and agglomerations in particular, however, open spaces with an emphasis on nature are a scarce commodity. A detailed guide from Germany provides specific suggestions on how spaces to experience nature can be created for the healthy development of children. It gives detailed answers to questions about the preparation, planning, installation, safety and operation of nature experience spaces.
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8/27/2020: Picked up
Conference SWIFCOB 21, February 5, 2021, Bern Biodiversity and climate: tackling the transformation together

The SWIFCOB 21 conference of the Swiss Biodiversity Forum of the SCNAT brings the two subject areas of climate and biodiversity together with their communities in order to jointly discuss upcoming challenges and possible solutions with regard to the necessary transformative change.
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8/27/2020: Picked up
Conference on forest management and biodiversity

In recent years, various research projects have investigated how the situation of endangered species in managed forests can be improved. In order to make the accumulated knowledge accessible to the involved actors from forestry and nature conservation, a conference with the title “How to balance forestry and biodiversity conservation?” Is being held near Basel as part of the European INTEGRATE network.
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8/27/2020: Picked up
Forest meets school: teaching materials on the subject of forests

As part of a project funded by the European Union, teachers from Austria have compiled an extensive collection of materials on the subject of «Forests» for teaching and knowledge transfer, assessed their quality and bundled it on a website. The learning material is arranged according to ecological, social, economic, cultural and general topics and is suitable for different age groups. Most materials on biodiversity are also suitable for Swiss schools.
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August 27, 2020: further publications
Book recommendation: species before the end

Animal and plant species are quietly disappearing in Switzerland. Together with photographer Tomas Wüthrich, journalists Gregor Klaus and Nicolas Gattlen accompanied species researchers in their search for the last survivors of eleven species. The result is exciting stories about fascinating plants, animals and mushrooms as well as about the people who work to save them. The reports show the extent of man-made mass extinction, but also how it can be stopped. The Swiss Biodiversity Forum has published the reports in the book “Species before the end”. The book has been available in stores since August 10, 2020.
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August 27, 2020: further publications
Biodiversity-damaging subsidies identified in Switzerland

The Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL and the Swiss Biodiversity Forum of the SCNAT have identified 160 subsidies for Switzerland that can impair biodiversity. According to the Biodiversity Convention and the Swiss Biodiversity Strategy, such subsidies are to be abolished or redirected. Now politicians are challenged.
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August 27, 2020: further publications
25 years of Wolf in Switzerland

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the resettlement of Switzerland by the wolf, KORA has published a comprehensive report. This documents the development of the Swiss wolf population, collects facts and experiences about the wolf and contrasts them with the expectations and fears of the people. The wolf is a constant concern of the Swiss public and politics. The report is intended to help put the discussion on an objective basis.
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August 27, 2020: further publications
Butterfly of Switzerland: A new field guide

A field guide presents the most important features for identifying butterflies in Switzerland in a condensed form and format suitable for use in the field. The rich illustration and the easily understandable texts enable the quick and relatively easy identification of all species occurring in Switzerland. The original French edition appeared four years ago; it has now been translated into German. The field guide is available from info fauna.
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August 27, 2020: further publications
With a cool head against a hot world

In 2019, the science journalist Mathias Plüss formulated 75 ideas for the climate in the Tages-Anzeiger magazine, which show how everyone can personally contribute to alleviating environmental problems. This also includes some tips for more biodiversity. Now the ideas have appeared as a little book. Mathias Plüss is a freelance science journalist. In 2019, he received the Prix Média of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences for the special climate edition of the magazine.
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August 27, 2020: Research international
Invasive Species in Protected Areas: The Calm Before the Storm?

Alien invasive species are a major threat to global biodiversity. On a global level, however, the habitats in protected areas appear to be more resistant to animal intruders than previously assumed. Invasive species were found in less than 10% of the investigated protected areas across the world. However, it is questionable whether this will stay that way.
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August 27, 2020: Research international
Decline in biodiversity due to habitat loss is underestimated

In order to reduce the extinction of animals and plants, their habitats must be protected, rehabilitated and restored. But how big is the space required to conserve and promote as many species as possible? Previous measures are often based on predictions from a simple theoretical model that describes how the number of species changes in relation to the existing habitat. A new study now shows that this standard model underestimates how many species are actually becoming extinct at the local level.
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August 27, 2020: Research international
Diversity ensures stability in water ecosystems

Masses of blue-green algae are bad for the water quality because they remove oxygen from the water and form toxins. Cyanobacteria can become sick themselves and are kept in check by fungal parasites, for example. A fungal attack not only kills the cyanobacteria, but also makes them easier to digest for their natural predators. The fungal parasites, in turn, are valuable food for other microorganisms. This example shows impressively that only the interaction of a biological diversity that is as intact as possible structures food webs and stabilizes ecosystems.
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August 27, 2020: Research international
Rising water temperatures threaten fish species

The consequences of climate change for the world's fish stocks are more drastic than previously assumed. Above all, the water temperatures in the spawning areas determine the reproductive success of the species and make fish susceptible to climate change - in the sea as well as in lakes, ponds, streams and rivers.
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August 27, 2020: IPBES
New podcast “Nature Insight” from IPBES

In July, IPBES launched a weekly podcast “Nature Insight: speed dating with the future”, which provides insights into the latest research results and research topics on biodiversity. Every week prominent IPBES experts are interviewed on a different topic. The topics of the podcasts include e.g. the value of biodiversity, the role of biodiversity in the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the inclusion of traditional and indigenous knowledge systems in the fight for biodiversity or the comprehensive change that is necessary to tackle the biodiversity crisis. The podcast is in English.
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August 27, 2020: Research CH
Grasshoppers quickly colonize newly created, species-rich meadows

In the “La Frontière” networking project in the canton of Vaud, more than 150 hectares of new meadows were sown directly on former farmland and mostly planted with hedges and trees. After just four years, the new meadows no longer showed any differences to the old ones, if one compared the occurrence of grasshoppers and the praying mantis. This means that the newly created areas could be populated quickly using these bioindicators.
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August 27, 2020: Research CH
Forest biodiversity: The habitat is developing in the right direction

The forest plays an important role in maintaining biological diversity in Switzerland. More than a third of the animal and plant species that occur are dependent on the forest. The results of the fourth survey of the National Forest Inventory (2009–2017) show that the Swiss forest is largely a relatively near-natural ecosystem and is developing positively in terms of biodiversity. There is a particular need for action with regard to the volume of dead wood.
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August 27, 2020: Research CH
Glacial relic in the Alps: protective strategies for the little pond rose

The little pond rose (Nuphar pumila) inhabits cool, acidic and nutrient-poor moor and mountain lakes and is a glacial relic only scattered across Europe. 60% of the historically known populations in the Alps are now extinct. In addition to the eutrophication of the waters, the crossing with the yellow water lily (Nuphar lutea) is problematic for the remaining stocks. In order to increase the chances of survival of Nuphar pumila, researchers recommend a strategy that combines in situ and ex situ measures.
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June 23, 2020: further publications
New fact sheet on Gene Drives

Gene drives are genetic elements that increase the rate of inheritance of a particular trait in sexually reproducing organisms. They can be used to spread a trait in wild populations, thereby changing or reducing them. This raises new ethical questions. The new fact sheet from SCNAT shows the benefits, risks and possible applications of synthetic gene drives.
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June 23, 2020: further publications
Updated landscape concept appeared

The Federal Council adopted the updated Swiss Landscape Concept (LKS) in May 2020. The LKS is the federal planning instrument for its landscape policy. On the one hand, this involves coordinating the goals of the Confederation, the cantons and the communes. On the other hand, the concept aims to design projects and plans in such a way that the landscapes under pressure will continue to be available as high-quality living, working and recreational space in the future.
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June 23, 2020: further publications
State of bird life in Switzerland 2020: winners and losers

Every year, the Swiss Ornithological Institute in Sempach summarizes the latest findings from its surveillance projects in the publication “State of the bird world in Switzerland”. The 2020 report focuses on the population development of individual breeding bird species.
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June 23, 2020: further publications
Series of publications "Cultivated Plants in Switzerland"

The bilingual series deals with the history, use and diversity of cultivated plants in Switzerland. Several issues have appeared in recent years, most recently on millet as well as einkorn, emmer and rough wheat. The booklets are available as pdf and are in print quality.
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June 23, 2020: IPBES
External reviewers wanted for IPBES report

The draft of the 10-page IPBES report on the assessment of the interactions between biodiversity, water, food and health in the context of climate change is now open for external assessment until July 31, 2020. Interested parties can register now. The aim of the assessment is to ensure political relevance.
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June 23, 2020: Research international
Flower power for urban insects

If ecologically worthless green spaces in the city are replaced by wildflower meadows, this attracts more insects and contributes significantly to the promotion of many groups of insects. Research results from Germany show that at the same time caring for the wildflower areas is significantly cheaper to maintain than the previous planting with ornamental shrubs.
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June 23, 2020: Research international
Climate change promotes plant disease pathogens living in the soil

Global warming will lead to an increase in soil-borne pathogens for plants. These include diseases of important food and medicinal plants, which in the long term could endanger food security and the quality of life of the world's population.
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June 23, 2020: Picked up
60 symbioses and their meaning for humans

Eating and being eaten - it is rarely that simple in nature. Many species-to-species relationships have evolved to benefit both parties. Andreas Gigon, professor emeritus for plant ecology and nature conservation biology, presents 60 such symbioses in his new book. In the appendix, the author has put together tips for observing positive relationships in different living spaces.
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June 23, 2020: Picked up
Registration start for the 2nd Swiss Landscape Congress: July 3, 2020

Landscape is everywhere and yet it reaches its limits everywhere. Dialogue across borders - this is exactly what the 2nd Swiss Landscape Congress is about, which the Forum Landscape, Alps, Parks (SCNAT) together with the sponsoring and partner organizations on 19./20. Organized in Lausanne in October 2020. In cross-institutional tandems, representatives from politics, practice and research present their fruitful collaboration. The aim of the congress is to uncover common values ​​and qualities, but also break points and controversies, and to initiate a fruitful debate on the further development of the landscape. The 2nd Swiss Landscape Congress will take place in parallel and in cooperation with the international event for the 20th anniversary of the European Landscape Convention (ELC).
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June 23, 2020: Picked up
Symposium: The climate is changing the forest - what next?

Forest is a long-term business. The development from the seedling to the fully grown tree takes several decades. At a symposium in Aarau on September 18, 2020, approaches for a forest of the future will be shown that will be able to satisfy the diverse, social demands.
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June 23, 2020: Picked up
Research award for nature and landscape protection: The application deadline is running

Every year Hintermann & Weber AG awards an award for an outstanding, original and particularly practice-relevant scientific achievement by young researchers in the field of nature and landscape protection. The application deadline is August 15, 2020.
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June 23, 2020: Research international
Natura 2000 protected areas: Not all groups of organisms benefit equally

The network of Natura 2000 protected areas of the European Union protects endangered animal and plant species and their habitats. Countless other species that are not in focus also benefit. But these beneficiaries are unevenly distributed over the large groups of animals. Almost half of the bird species that are not among the target species benefit from Natura 2000 protection, while only a good quarter of butterflies benefit from such deadweight effects.
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June 23, 2020: Picked up
Creative campaign on the ecological value of urban tree species

With the playful and artistic campaign “Pimp your Ginkgo”, a diploma thesis from the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK) aims to make visible which garden and urban trees promote biodiversity. The visualization takes place with a “biodiversity label” and with installations in public space. The label looks like the energy label on electrical appliances and can be downloaded and printed out for around 50 tree species.
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June 23, 2020: Picked up
12 PostDoc positions: New research initiative from eawag and WSL

The ETH Board finances the new research initiative “blue-green biodiversity” in order to strengthen the cooperation between eawag and WSL. As part of this initiative, 12 PostDoc positions are now being advertised to research biodiversity based on existing data, patterns and developments.
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June 23, 2020: Picked up
PhD and PostDoc positions: Research into the use of ecological infrastructure in parks

As part of the “ValPar.ch” project financed by the FOEN, the benefits and added value of the ecological infrastructure are being examined in parks of national importance. For this, 2 PhD and 3 PostDoc positions are advertised.
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June 23, 2020: Research CH
A surprisingly high diversity of wild bees in the city of Zurich

A quarter of all wild bee species in Switzerland find a habitat in gardens, parks and other green spaces in the city of Zurich. The researchers have shown that each type of green space is home to different types, which shows the importance of maintaining a wide variety of green spaces in cities.
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June 23, 2020: Research CH
Environmental disturbances affect larger species more than smaller ones

To protect ecosystems, it is important to understand how environmental disturbances (e.g. forest fires and storms) affect nature. A new study shows how the frequency and intensity of such disturbances affect smaller and larger aquatic life. According to this, larger species are more affected than small species, which affects the size distribution within ecological communities.
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June 23, 2020: Research CH
Valuable genetic diversity in chestnuts

The Swiss chestnut forests are home to a genetic diversity that is unique in Europe. Many chestnut forests consist of grafted trees that have been combined with very old varieties. This diversity is now being secured.
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May 26, 2020: Picked up
Nature with Latour

The former soccer coach Hanspeter Latour has a second great passion besides sport: nature. Now his latest book with exciting and touching stories about the local flora and fauna has been published.
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May 26, 2020: Picked up
The genetic and cultural-historical diversity of cultivated plants and livestock is promoted here!

Discover on a digital map of Switzerland where rare vegetables are grown, where woolly pigs & Co. get offspring and which Archehöfe and variety gardens can be explored and where. Over 4000 volunteers and numerous companies and institutions make a valuable contribution to biodiversity in the ProSpecieRara network.
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May 26, 2020: Picked up
The sound of nature as a snapshot of biodiversity

The Sonothèque des Muséum National d’Histoire naturelle in Paris has a collection of natural sounds that allow the identification of animals such as birds, frogs, mammals, fish or insects based on their utterances. Every single sound recording shows the presence and activity of species that lived in a particular place at a particular time. They are therefore real testimony to the interactions between species and, at the same time, snapshots of the state of biological diversity.
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May 26, 2020: Picked up
New website siedlungsnatur.ch

The new website www.siedlungsnatur.ch of the joint initiative of the Swiss Biodiversity Forum, Natur Umwelt Wissen GmbH, and scaling4good association is online. More, near-natural and networked green spaces in the settlement area and at the same time an improved quality of life for people - these are the goals of the project “Shaping settlement nature together”. Our vision is for biodiversity to become a matter of course in living and working environments as well as in public green spaces. By designing areas close to nature, we can develop untapped potential to preserve and promote biodiversity and at the same time also benefit people sustainably. Because this creates more meeting and movement spaces, a pleasant urban climate and more nature on the doorstep, which invites you to marvel, observe and relax.
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May 26, 2020: further publications
On the trail of the changes in Zurich's flora

The flora of the canton of Zurich, a citizen science project of the Zurich Botanical Society, has been completed and is available as a book and website. 1757 plant portraits show the changes in plant species from 1850 to the present day. While the number of species around 1900 and today is very similar, a quarter of the species have decreased significantly; only a tenth became more frequent.
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May 26, 2020: further publications
New insect atlas for Germany and Austria

Insects are a fundamental part of our world's livelihood. This insect atlas tells of the background and consequences of insect death and shows possible solutions, especially for agriculture.
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May 26, 2020: Research international
Insects are on the decline worldwide

An analysis of long-term studies from around the world shows that the number of insects living on land is decreasing. It fell by an average of 0.92% per year, which corresponds to a decrease of 24% over 30 years. These average global trends are contrasted with different local developments.
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May 26, 2020: IPBES
Biodiversity and pandemics: IPBES workshop in July 2020

IPBES is organizing an expert workshop on biodiversity and pandemics (July 27-31, 2020) in order to show the connections between biological diversity and current and future pandemics and to strengthen the knowledge base. Applications are still possible until June 1st.
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May 26, 2020: Research CH
The frequency of web spiders has decreased drastically

Large orb web spiders have become much rarer in the Swiss plateau over the past 40 years. The main reason is likely to be the declining food supply for these insectivorous animals.
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May 26, 2020: Research CH
The flower-visiting insects in the canton of Zurich lack food plants

In the canton of Zurich, the variety of food plants for flower-visiting insects has decreased dramatically over the past 100 years. As a result, many bees, flies and butterflies are increasingly lacking a basic food source. With small regional restrictions, the results apply to all of Central Europe.
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May 26, 2020: Research international
The overall diversity of species in Europe's forests is decreasing

In Europe's temperate forests, rare plant species are being replaced by common species. This development is primarily related to an increased availability of nitrogen.
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May 26, 2020: Research CH
Adequate water areas are essential

The legal requirements for the water area are absolute minimum sizes in order to guarantee the functions of the water bodies. The space is disproportionately important along small streams, as the material flows between land and water do not depend on the width of the body of water. This is shown by a compilation of existing studies on which the Federal Supreme Court also relies.
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May 26, 2020: Research international
Ecosystem services know no boundaries

Many countries benefit from ecosystem services that have been provided in other countries. Little is known, however, where and how such ecosystem service flows run. Researchers have now investigated how interregional ecosystem service flows can be identified and quantified.
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May 26, 2020: Research CH
There is a wide variety of views among those skilled in the art about introduced species.

This article summarizes a survey of scientists (including IBS recipients) regarding their perceptions and values ​​of introduced species. The main result of this survey is that there is a wide range of opinions among both biologists and non-biologists. The authors assume that this diversity of responses reflects underlying values, which differ among people. They suggest that the indicators used to monitor biodiversity status should be modified or diversified to better reflect the diversity of views that exist within the scientific community.
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May 26, 2020: Research CH
Less picky cattle breeds favor the biodiversity in pastures

When cattle prefer certain plant species and disdain others, they displace the species that they particularly like from the plant population. As a result, biodiversity is decreasing. Because the different breeds of cattle are differently selective, the choice of breed has far-reaching consequences for the biodiversity of the pasture.
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May 26, 2020: Research international
The loss of large animals in rainforests changes the ecosystem

Even the disappearance of a small proportion of large animal species is enough to massively impair the services provided by ecological networks. If it is not possible to prevent these species from becoming extinct, the rainforests cannot be preserved in their previous form.
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7.4.2020: Picked up
Explanatory videos for practice: The perfect pile of branches and stones

Small structures such as piles of branches and stones enhance the habitat of wild animals in cultivated land. A video collection shows how to set up various small structures correctly.
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7.4.2020: further publications
Dwindling agrobiodiversity endangers safe nutrition

Agrobiodiversity has decreased dramatically in the past few decades. While around 7,000 plant species were previously grown, today only around 80 species make a significant contribution to global food supply. As a pillar of food security, agrobiodiversity must therefore urgently be restored. A new fact sheet from the Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT), in which researchers from the Center for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern and the Forum Biodiversity participated, summarizes the decline and its consequences and shows possible measures in politics and science on.
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7.4.2020: further publications
Recommendations for the implementation of substitute and compensatory measures

In the event of structural interventions in nature and landscape values ​​that are worthy of protection, substitute and compensatory measures are ordered on the basis of nature and homeland protection legislation. Their development and implementation, as well as securing the areas after the project is completed, is complex and raises questions for the actors involved. Based on a survey of the relevant cantonal departments and the evaluation of case studies, success factors, stumbling blocks and recommendations could be identified.
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7.4.2020: further publications
How the federal government monitors biodiversity

In order to be able to protect biodiversity in the long term, information on the condition and development of species and habitats is essential. This is the only way to identify problems at an early stage and to check the effectiveness of protective and support measures. There are several national programs for monitoring biological diversity in Switzerland. They are supplemented by cantonal monitoring and effectiveness checks.
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7.4.2020: further publications
Wild hay support program in the canton of Uri is having an impact

As part of the Wildheu Uri funding program, a faunistic impact control was carried out between 2015 and 2018. It provides answers to the question of whether butterflies and grasshoppers benefit from using the wild hay fields. The results allow the conclusion that the wild hay areas in the canton of Uri are particularly important for butterflies. The very extensive, traditional use of the wild hay fields favors a great diversity of species.
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7.4.2020: further publications
The state of our planet

In February the latest report “Our Future on Earth” was published by Future Earth. The report summarizes current and scientifically proven findings on the state of our planet and presents connections and dependencies in a clear manner. It covers a wide range of topics and challenges, including biodiversity. Urgent measures are being formulated to counteract the serious global loss of biodiversity.
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7.4.2020: IPBES
Use your knowledge for good: holistic assessment of nature

The publication by Jacobs et al. (2020) offers reflection material for environmental experts who use their knowledge to get involved in local changes. A holistic strategy is presented to include the attitudes of different actors in the evaluation and use of nature.
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7.4.2020: Research international
Ecological delay effects can mask successes in nature conservation

Measures to protect and promote biodiversity do not always have the desired effect. This can lead to measures being assessed negatively, shut down or even discontinued entirely. Researchers are now pointing out that many species have a delayed reaction to changes in their habitat. This applies to past negative interventions as well as to renaturation. In some cases, therefore, success only comes in the long term.
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7.4.2020: Research international
Scientists warn of global insect decline

Insect mortality is increasing rapidly in many parts of the world. This also affects people directly. An international group of researchers has come together to issue a “Warning to Mankind” to draw attention to the dangers posed by the decline in species. They also suggest practical solutions.
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7.4.2020: Research international
Small patches of forest with great benefits

Small patches of forest in the agricultural landscape provide higher ecosystem services per unit area than large forest areas. They can store more carbon in the topsoil, provide more food for wildlife, and pose a lower risk of tick-borne diseases.
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7.4.2020: Research international
Make greater use of the knowledge of the indigenous people

The knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities in researching the change towards sustainability is mostly only used to confirm and supplement scientific findings. It would be much more important to understand the social change towards sustainability from the perspective of the indigenous people.
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7.4.2020: Research CH
Acceptance of a specialized beetle species in the Basel region

For two years now, reports of the global decline in insects have been worrying. Another piece of the puzzle comes from the Basel region: a long-term study shows that the annually recorded population of the common beetle at 13 different locations has decreased by 90 percent over the past 20 years. The beetle has even become extinct in one location. The highly specialized earth buck beetle is an excellent pointer species for the diversity of insects in dry, warm meadows and pastures. Its dwindling is a clear warning signal that the quality of its habitat has changed negatively.
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7.4.2020: Research CH
Diverse landscapes are more productive and stable

An ecosystem with a large variety of species is on average more productive and stable than one with a small variety. The fact that productivity and stability increase with increasing diversity also applies on a larger scale: Diverse landscapes with a mixture of meadows, forests, settlements and bodies of water are more productive and stable than monotonous landscapes.
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February 18, 2020: Picked up
Review of SWIFCOB 20: Investing in biodiversity

The "Swiss Forum on Conservation Biology" SWIFCOB is an annual event of the Swiss Biodiversity Forum. The SWIFCOB 20 brought together around 230 scientists, representatives of the finance and insurance industry, experts from administration, offices and nature conservation organizations. The focus was on the question of how the financial and state sectors can better perceive biodiversity risks and opportunities.
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February 18, 2020: Picked up
The population's concern for the environment is growing

The proportion of the population who assess the environmental quality in Switzerland as very good or fairly good declined between 2015 and 2019. Over 50% of the population consider the loss of biodiversity to be very dangerous for people and the environment.
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February 18, 2020: Picked up
"2020 GBIF Young Researchers Award": Apply now!

As in the previous year, the GBIF network awards two prizes for master's or doctoral theses based on GBIF data. Candidates can apply to GBIF Switzerland for nomination until April 15th.
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February 18, 2020: Picked up
Cutting-edge research in Bern for the benefit of nature and people

With the Wyss Academy for Nature, a world-leading research and implementation center in the field of nature and people is being created at the University of Bern. 200 million francs will be invested over the next 10 years.
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February 18, 2020: further publications
Know, protect and promote habitat trees

Trees with caves, trunk injuries, dead wood in the treetops, growths or a vegetation with ivy provide a habitat for a multitude of specialized species. That is why it makes sense to protect trees that have such tree microhabitats. A new WSL leaflet explains how to recognize, protect and promote these so-called habitat trees.
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February 18, 2020: further publications
Loss of biodiversity endangers the stability of the financial markets

The financial risks associated with the loss of biodiversity are underestimated. The risks should be increasingly brought into focus - especially in the run-up to the United Nations biodiversity conference in Kunming (China) in October 2020.
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February 18, 2020: Research international
Illuminate and close the gap between research and practice

Why are findings from nature conservation research not put into practice? The journal Biological Conservation has published a special edition with 14 articles on this topic. The researchers point out, among other things, that more attention needs to be paid to transdisciplinary cooperation.
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February 18, 2020: Research international
Population development and decline in biodiversity: the relationship is more complex than previously known

In the scientific and political discussion about the causes of species extinction, rapid population growth is repeatedly cited as the most important indirect driver. However, demographic processes such as population growth do not necessarily lead to negative consequences for biodiversity.
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February 18, 2020: Research international
The larger the ecological footprint, the smaller the biodiversity

Due to the type and intensity of land use, we have massively restricted the range of numerous vertebrate species. This is shown by the analysis of a comprehensive global data set on the human ecological footprint. In some of the species, even the entire range is severely impaired.
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February 18, 2020: Research international
Dead animals are also important for the ecosystem

Animal carcasses play an important role in biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems. Not only do carcasses provide food for many animal species, their nutrients also contribute to locally increased plant growth. This in turn favors many herbivorous insects and their predators.
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February 18, 2020: Research international
Mushrooms are older than expected

The first mushrooms appeared 300 million years earlier than science had previously believed. Mushrooms were probably important partners for the first plants to colonize the continents.
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February 18, 2020: IPBES
Start of the new work program of IPBES by 2030

The starting shot for the new work program of the World Biodiversity Council IPBES until 2030 has been fired. It is designed to be flexible, so that in future IPBES can respond to needs for scientific advice at short notice. The core functions of IPBES are also to be better integrated into the new work program.
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February 18, 2020: Research CH
Nest boxes have a positive effect on kestrel populations

The kestrel populations in the Swiss Plateau are increasing - thanks to nesting boxes. These increase the breeding success because they are safer than natural breeding sites. Because migrating animals strengthen other populations, the installation of nesting boxes has a large positive effect.
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December 18, 2019: international research
Success factors for the implementation of networking projects

The networking of fragmented habitats is an important nature conservation measure. On the basis of 263 networking projects from around the world, researchers have identified success factors for successful implementation. Above all, this includes ambitious visions and concrete goals, long-term project management, adequate funding, communication with the actors and the consideration of scientific criteria.
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December 18, 2019: international research
Medium-abundant plant species decline the most

The rarest and most endangered species usually receive more attention in nature conservation than common species. Systematic field surveys from north-east Germany now show that plant species that were widespread until a few decades ago declined sharply between 1980 and 2000, in particular because of the large-scale use of artificial fertilizers.
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December 18, 2019: international research
Regional seeds for greening thrive better

Seeds of regional origin are better adapted to local conditions than standard seeds. This is shown by a study that was carried out with a view to a new legal situation in Germany. There, the use of local seeds for greening in the open landscape is mandatory from 2020. Similar requirements apply in Switzerland, but they have not yet been implemented.
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December 18, 2019: IPBES
IPBES Report: A New Look for Policy Makers' Executive Summary

At the 7th IPBES plenary session in May 2019, the summary of the global assessment for policy makers was adopted in Paris. It is the first IPBES publication to analyze global social developments and their effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Now it is available in an attractively refurbished form.
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December 18, 2019: international research
Drying bogs: Can certain types of peat moss compensate for the CO2 losses?

A literature study concludes that European raised bogs have become significantly drier over the past 300 years, largely due to human activities. As a result, they threaten to become sources of carbon dioxide. Climate change, which leads mainly to drier and hotter summers, could exacerbate this problem. But there is also good news: Researchers have identified two types of peat moss that can cope with warmer and drier conditions and could help contain CO2 emissions.
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December 18, 2019: further publications
Biotopes of national importance - in need of care and rehabilitation

Since 2012, changes in biotopes of national importance have been recorded as part of the impact monitoring of Biotope Protection Switzerland. The first results show worrying tendencies: In the last 20 years the quality of living space has deteriorated and current law is not being complied with.
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December 18, 2019: international research
Biodiversity has a positive effect on agricultural yields

In order to understand the relationship between agriculture, aboveground biodiversity and ecosystem services for agriculture, researchers from all over the world have analyzed data sets from numerous studies with a focus on pollination and natural pest control. It has been clearly shown that high biodiversity has a positive impact on agricultural yields. The greater the biodiversity and the more small-scale the agricultural landscape, the greater the effects.
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December 18, 2019: further publications
Bog soils - precious and irreplaceable

Agriculturally intensively used peat soils are coming under increasing pressure in Switzerland. If they are destroyed, their regeneration potential is lost forever. As part of the “Dealing with drained soils” project, the three cantons of Aargau, Bern and Zurich have now published arguments for the protection of this valuable natural resource.
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December 18, 2019: further publications
Ideas for foreign policy to deal with the biodiversity crisis

The Swiss think tank «foraus» has developed ideas on how foreign policy could contribute to overcoming the biodiversity crisis. The process resulted in 43 concrete ideas, four of which were elaborated in more detail. The process and ideas were published in a publication.
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December 18, 2019: Research CH
Only a diverse forest provides good protection against landslides

Which forest prevents landslides and debris flows? A database with more than 750 registered landslides provides answers. As diverse as possible structures in the forest - both underground and above ground - are the best protection against landslides.
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December 18, 2019: Picked up
Species knowledge courses 2020 - register now!

InfoSpecies offers a wide range of training and further education. These and other courses in the field of species knowledge are continuously posted on the online course portal species knowledge. In addition to the species knowledge courses, InfoSpecies 2020 is also offering a course on “Basics of Species Promotion” for the first time.
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December 18, 2019: Picked up
Conference: "Nature Conservation in and Around Basel" from January 31, 2020

The Institute for Nature, Landscape and Environmental Protection (NLU) is organizing a half-day event on January 31, 2020 about current problems, ongoing research projects and possible solutions in nature conservation in the Basel region. The conference is aimed at state employees, people from practice and from environmental organizations, high school students, students and people who are generally interested in nature conservation issues.
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December 18, 2019: Research CH
The more fungi and bacteria in the soil, the better the ecosystem services

Our soils provide important ecosystem services. However, they can only provide these services because thousands of types of fungi and bacteria live in them. Researchers in Switzerland have shown that the quality of ecosystem functions increases with the biodiversity of the microbial community in soils, which in turn has a positive effect on agriculture.
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December 18, 2019: Picked up
New book about birds and the biodiversity of the Valais

The book "Birds and Biodiversity of the Valais: How to Protect Them" is not only pleasing to the eye. It also arouses curiosity, informs and sensitizes people about the unique natural heritage of the Rhone Valley and shows possibilities for future nature conservation management. The book, written by a team of Valais authors, has now been published by the Swiss Ornithological Institute in Sempach.
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December 18, 2019: Research CH
Climate change threatens the flora of the snow valleys

The repetition of floristic inventories after 23 years in snow valleys and on the edge of wind around Zermatt (Valais) shows that the original plant communities are changing under the influence of climate change: They are becoming more species-rich, but the newcomers are all warmth-loving generalists from the surrounding grasslands. Overall, this leads to a homogenization of the various species communities. Because the frequency and duration of snow cover is falling, the snow valleys also show a clear trend towards drier conditions. Snow valleys are among the communities in the Alps that are most threatened by climate change.
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11/13/2019: Picked up
Biodiversity in agricultural training - collection of slides for the manual “Biodiversity on the farm” published

The Research Institute for Organic Agriculture FiBL and the ornithological station in Sempach have compiled a collection of slides based on the manual “Biodiversity on the farm”. The slide collection is suitable for teaching prospective farmers as well as for further training events.
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World Biodiversity Forum, February 23 until February 28, 2020 in Davos

The first World Forum for Biodiversity offers an international platform for the exchange between science and other social actors. Among other things, it would like to contribute to the development of a strategy for the protection of global biodiversity in the next ten years and thus to the “New Deal for Nature”, which is to be brought into being by the Convention on Biological Diversity at the end of 2020. Before the 13thIf you register on December 1st, you will benefit from a reduced participation fee.
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November 13, 2019: further publications
Biodiversity is more important for health than previously thought

Contact with nature keeps you healthy. This is confirmed by an analysis of scientific studies that the Swiss Biodiversity Forum of the Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT) carried out together with researchers. The results have now been published as a fact sheet. This shows that protecting biodiversity is of great importance in overcoming public health challenges. Every person in Switzerland should therefore have access to high-quality nature.
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November 13, 2019: further publications
Preserving global biodiversity requires a change in consumption in the industrialized countries

European countries import millions of tons of raw materials and products every year. Their cultivation, mining and production have serious effects on nature in the producing countries. These are often countries in the south. Effective protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services worldwide can only succeed if consumption in the industrialized countries changes comprehensively.
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November 13, 2019: further publications
A guide to genetic studies in nature conservation