Developing operational biodiversity targets
Helmholtz scientists develop realistic and operationalizable goals for an effective protection of the biodiversity of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.
Biodiversity conservation goals set in the past have repeatedly been missed. One reason is the lack of operationalization of the associated implementation steps. In order to effectively combat the loss of biodiversity, it is necessary to integrate operationalizable goals into relevant policy areas and to ensure coherence between them, e.g. between nature conservation and climate protection. In addition, there are doubts in the scientific community about the feasibility of some of the currently formulated nature conservation goals in view of the globally changing environmental conditions, since they aim, for example, to completely avoid the settlement of non-native species.
The project deals with questions about realistic and operationalizable goals in biodiversity:
- How can components of biodiversity be prioritized and measured?
- Should species communities or long-term functionality and resilience of ecosystems be the focus?
- To what extent are these goals achievable?
General Assembly 2023
Dorothee Hodapp introduced the project at the General Assembly of Helmholtz Earth & Environment. Katja Matthes who is Helmholtz-Vicepresident Sustainability congratulated her and the team with a SynCom-Award.
Kick off Workshop in Berlin
In a two-day workshop on July 18/19 in Berlin, the project-group developing operational biodiversity targets has taken up it's work.