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 Resarch Network Biodiversity bundles the skills of the Leibniz institutions in environmental, social, life, spatial and economic sciences as well as the humanities 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.

PD Dr Kirsten Thonicke
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) e. V.
T +49 331 288 2534
Eva Rahner
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) e. V.
T +49 331 288 2631