Global to local policy impact

Convention on biological diversity
iDiv recommendations for the post-2020 agenda

iDiv researchers active in assessments and working groups

CAP Fitness Check
iDiv researcher suggest to improve the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the EU

Rewilding the EU
Promoting and shaping the EU restoration agenda through mobilisation of rewilding principles

iDiv researchers advise the European Commission regarding the EU Biodiversity Strategy


identifies data needs for policy and targets in alignement with the new European Green Deal.

Science and society halting biodiversity loss - a framework for Germany
White Paper on the Research initiative for the Conservation of Biodiversity of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

White paper National Monitoring Centre

iDiv leads the national assessment "Faktencheck Artenvielfalt" (Fact Check Biodiversity)

Industry collaborations towards sustainable crop production

Lebendige Luppe,
Wilde Mulde

Restoring local floodplain forests in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt 


Monitoring of small streams with citizen scientists

iDiv researchers members in advisory board of the Hainich National park , and Harz National park

Events and people

Beate Jessel, President of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) visits iDiv.

Josef Tumbrinck, head of the department for nature conservation in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, gives a public lecture on insect decline in the city hall of Leipzig.

A delegation of the German Liberals International (DGLI) visits iDiv.

Federal President Joachim Gauck visits the iDiv Expert Forum on Citizen Science during the DBU event "Woche der Umwelt" in 2016.

sMon is awarded "Project of the week" by the Office of the UN Decade of Biodiversity.

The yDiv Science-Policy course visits Steffi Lemke, member of the Bundestag (Bündnis 90/Grüne).

Parliamentary evening with Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Portuguese ambassador João António da Costa Mira Gomes meets iDiv scientists.

Portuguese ambassador João António da Costa Mira Gomes meets iDiv scientists.

René Haak, head of the department Global Change – Climate, Biodiversity of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, discusses with iDiv researchers about the Research initiative for the Conservation of Biodiversity.

iDiv scientists discuss the implications of biodiversity research for the post-2020 biodiversity agenda of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Background chat with Anne Larigauderie (IPBES) at the second meeting of the CBD Open Ended Working Group

Plenary during the second meeting of the CBD Open Ended Working Group.

GEO BON promotes science-based implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework during the second meeting of the CBD Open Ended Working Group.

iDiv Forum event „Die globale Biodiversitätsagenda und die Europäische Biodiversitätsstrategie - Chancen und Herausforderungen für Mitteldeutschland“

How can biodiversity in Central Germany be better protected in the future? And how can research contribute to this? These questions were discussed by more than 120 representatives from biodiversity research and - practice during a virtual meeting hosted by iDiv on January 11, 2021.

"The world is in a biodiversity crisis," said Professor Walter Rosenthal, President of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and Chairman of the iDiv Board of Trustees, in his welcoming address. "To reverse the negative trends and halt species extinction, we need integrative biodiversity research, which can provide the scientific basis for a sustainable approach to biodiversity." 

The importance of biodiversity was emphasized by the environment ministers of the states of Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and Thuringia. "Species protection - like climate protection - is actually human protection," said Thuringia's Environment Minister Anja Siegesmund. However, biodiversity protection can only succeed if many actors act together, as Saxony's Environment Minister Wolfram Günther emphasized. "We need coordinated interaction of many individual measures and actors." This is true for the renaturation of the Leipzig floodplain forest as well as to the cross-border preservation of the “Grüne Band”, which enjoys special protection in Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt as a National Natural Monument. The principle of collaboration also guides the model project "Kollektiver Naturschutz in der Landwirtschaft " presented by Professor Claudia Dalbert, Environment Minister for Saxony-Anhalt, which promotes dialogue between nature conservation and agriculture and supports farmers in implementing biodiversity-friendly measures.


The exchange and increased networking between biodiversity research and representatives of nature conservation authorities and organizations were also the main goals of the discussion rounds that followed the presentations. The participants noted that communication and cooperation of broad expertise from science, authorities and associations are important prerequisites for successful biodiversity protection and took away various concrete ideas for future cooperation from the event.

Further links (in German):

Redeauszüge der Thüringer Umweltministerin Anja Siegesmund

Pressemitteilung des Sächsischen Staatsministeriums für Energie, Klimaschutz, Umwelt und Landwirtschaft

Modellprojekt Kollektiver Naturschutz in der Landwirtschaft

Science-policy publications

Policy brief: Freshwater insects are recovering, while terrestrial insects show widespread declines

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Policy brief: Pollinator protection in Ecological Focus Areas: Improved results through combined measures

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Reports, policy briefs and position papers on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the EU

Further info

Position paper Rewilding

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Link to Press release

Discussion paper Floodplain Forest Leipzig

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White Paper on the Research initiative for the Conservation of Biodiversityof the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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White Paper National Monitoring Centre

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Science-Policy Committee


Prof Aletta Bonn
Head of Ecosystem Services Research Group

Committee members

Dr Volker Hahn
Head of Media and Communications

HyeJin Kim
Doctoral Researcher

Dr Hjalmar Kühl
Head of Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat junior research group

Prof Martin Lindner
iDiv Member (MLU)

Dr Jasper Meya

Dr Laetitia Navarro
PostDoc, Former Executive Secretary (GEO BON)

Dr Guy Pe’er

Prof Henrique M Pereira
Head of Biodiversity Conservation Research Group

Prof Josef Settele
iDiv Member (UFZ)

Dr Marten Winter
Head of sDiv

Dr Roel van Klink

Prof Christian Wirth
iDiv Speaker

Prof Karsten Wesche
iDiv Member (SMNG)


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