Questions to conserve biodiversity

Biodiversity | Science Politics

Julia, bgci@inquirebotany.org | 14/07/11 | Worldwide

In 2009, conservation experts from 24 world-leading organisations identified one hundred key scientific questions that, if answered, could help conserve global biodiversity. Before a question could be included, it had to meet eight strict criteria, including: it had to be answerable through realistic research; it had to address important gaps in knowledge; and it had to be on a time and space scale that could be addressed by a research team. Examples of the questions included:

  • How does soil biodiversity contribute to the amount and persistence of ecosystem services, including agricultural productivity?

  • How will human responses to climate change (e.g., changes in agriculture, resource conflicts, migration) affect biodiversity?

  • What information is required to enable responsible authorities to decide when and how to manage non-native species?

  • What was the condition of ecosystems before significant human disruption and how can this knowledge be used to improve current and future management?

  • Under what circumstances can afforestation, reforestation and reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) achieve benefits for biodiversity conservation, reduced emissions, and sustainable livelihoods?

  • What are the direct and indirect impacts of armed conflict on biodiversity?

How could these questions be used to develop IBSE activities? Could students develop them to be more relevant to their local context?

Click here to see the 100 questions: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/press/releases/2009/09-questions.asp

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