German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)


Scientists are calling for a new start in efforts to safeguard biodiversity. The photo shows a northern flicker lifting off (<em>Colaptes auratus</em> L.). (Picture: Marten Winter, iDiv)

Scientists propose framework for national-level implementation of global biodiversity goals  › more

23.11.2021 | Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity Conservation, iDiv Members, Media Release, iDiv, TOP NEWS
Research on traffic accidents currently focuses mainly on carnivore mammals, ungulates, marsupials and turtles. (Picture: Pixabay)

Traffic probably poses one of the greatest risks to animal populations. However, we currently know very little about this issue.  › more

05.10.2021 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release
Over the last decade, rewilding has emerged as a pragmatic way of restoring natural processes and enabling wildlife to comeback across European landscapes. (Picture: Staffan Widstrand / Rewilding Europe)

Scientists have developed a new way of evaluating rewilding progress  › more

13.09.2021 | Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, TOP NEWS
The scarce fritillary (<em>Euphydryas maturna</em>) feeds exclusively on ash trees and needs moist, light forests as a habitat. The species scored lowest among the 158 species studied for urban affinity and is likely to continue to decline in Europe. (Picture: Julia Whittman, @birdingjulia CC BY 4.0)

Researchers record adaptability of 158 butterfly species to urbanisation  › more

31.05.2021 | Media Release, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation
Summer marine phytoplankton bloom in the Baltic Sea captured by Envisat's MERIS on 13 July 2005. (Picture: ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO)

How to measure biodiversity using satellites  › more

13.05.2021 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation
Rice field in Sumatra. (Picture: Nico Boersen, Pixabay)

Ensuring sustainability of crop and timber production would mitigate the greatest drivers of terrestrial wildlife decline  › more

08.04.2021 | Biodiversity Conservation, Research, TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release
Observing animals obviously belongs to those ecosystem services that directly depend on the presence of species. However, these species provide a number of other services, such as pest control, seed dispersal, etc. (Picture: Pixabay)

Biodiversity doesn’t feature enough in large-scale assessments of ecosystem services  › more

05.03.2021 | iDiv Members, Media Release, TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation
The global biodiversity strategy is currently being renegotiated (here at the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Feb. 2020 in Rome) (Picture: IISD/Mike Muzurakis (

Researchers propose necessary corrections in global biodiversity policy  › more

26.01.2021 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, iDiv Members, Media Release
EuropaBON is supposed to bring together a wide range of different actors in a network across Europe. This involves monitoring data from volunteer ornithologists to remote sensing data. (Picture: S. Kadrijevic - AdobeStock)

Information system on Europe’s biodiversity and ecosystems for policy makers  › more

26.11.2020 | Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, TOP NEWS
New study outlines the scientific basis for redesigning a new set of biodiversity goals. (Picture: Pixabay)

New publication in Science with iDiv contribution  › more

23.10.2020 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS, Media Release
Rope bridges can effectively help primates to cross transportation or service corridors. Colobus monkey (Colobus angolensis palliatus) in Diani, Kenya. (Picture: Andrea Donaldson / Colobus Conservation)

Evidence-based conservation is key to curb primate population declines  › more

26.08.2020 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat, Media Release
In these times of human retreat, we get a glimpse of how much nature the upcoming UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration can bring us. (Picture: AB Photography/

A comment by Prof Dr Henrique Pereira  › more

20.05.2020 | Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, TOP NEWS
While some small-ranged species have disappeared, widespread, nitrogen-loving, and occasionally exotic species are on the rise. (Picture: Martin Adámek / Czech Academy of Sciences)

More nitrogen in the soil: common plant species on the rise  › more

13.04.2020 | Biodiversity Conservation, MLU News, iDiv, Media Release, Research, sDiv, TOP NEWS
Restoring ecosystems through rewilding allows wildlife to return. (Picture: Stefano Unterthiner / Rewilding Europe)

Scientists and NGOs present policy papers.  › more

18.03.2020 | Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS
Natural grazing is a key ecological process that helps a myriad of species of half-open landscapes, and supports natural and mosaic forest landscapes less prone to fire. (Picture: Juan Carolos Muñoz Robredo / Rewilding Europe)

The rewilding of European ecosystems can help to tackle both the current climate and biodiversity emergencies.  › more

17.01.2020 | iDiv, Biodiversity Conservation, MLU News, Media Release, TOP NEWS
In a rapidly urbanising world, the conversion of natural habitats into urban areas leads to a significant loss of biodiversity. (Picture: allemii / Pixabay)

Researchers assess direct and indirect effects of urban growth on a global scale.  › more

09.12.2019 | Research, Media Release, TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, sDiv, iDiv
Under climate change, projected sea-level rise increases risk to 500 million people worldwide by 2050. (Picture: David Shepherd / Pixabay)

Where people’s needs for nature are greatest, nature’s ability to meet those needs is declining  › more

08.10.2019 | Biodiversity Conservation, Research, TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release
A prime example of a successful rewilding project in Germany is the Oder river delta (picture: Zolvin Zankl / Rewiling Europe).

Restoration success depends on regeneration potentials  › more

26.04.2019 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation
Arctia dejeani is a medium-sized macro-moth, which is only occurs on the Iberian peninsula. It is one of the spiecies investigated in the study (picture: Henrique Pereira).

New puzzle piece in scientific debate  › more

10.04.2019 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation
The global distribution of the match of biodiversity above the ground (mammals, birds, amphibians and plants) and below (soil invertebrates, fungi and bacteria). Dark areas have high biodiversity above and in the soil; light yellow areas have high above-ground biodiversity but low diversity in the soil; blue areas have low above-ground biodiversity, but species-rich soil communities; and light areas are species-poor above and below the soil surface. (Picture: Conservation Biology)

Research team evaluates global biodiversity data – with surprising resultsLeipzig. After conducting comprehensive studies, an international team of researchers led by Leipzig University and the iDiv…  › more

13.03.2019 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv Members, sDiv, GEO BON, Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS
Data to assess distributions and trends varies vastly among groups of organisms. Many tropical butterflies like the blue-frosted banner (Catonephele numilia) often only have a few records (picture: Walter Jetz).

Developed under the auspices of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON)  › more

11.03.2019 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, sDiv, Biodiversity Synthesis, Macroecology and Society, Media Release
Population and economic growth are driving the transformation of diverse natural areas into agricultural land - despite an improved environmental balance of land use. (Picture: guentermanaus –

Population and economic growth offset improvement of environmental balance of land use  › more

04.03.2019 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS, Media Release
Members of the GEO BON delegation including iDiv scientists (from left to right) Néstor Fernández, Henrique Pereira, Laetitia Navarro and HyeJin Kim (photo: Henrique Pereira)

Wide range of activities of iDiv scientists  › more

28.11.2018 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, GEO BON, Biodiversity Conservation, iDiv Members

Area of habitat larger than New Zealand could be lost to urbanisation over next 20 years   › more

15.11.2018 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, sDiv
The Millingerwaard area is well on its way to a wilder future (Photo: Ark Nature/Rewilding Europe).

Two new iDiv publications take a closer look at rewilding.  › more

16.10.2018 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, sDiv
These two individuals of cod are both mature, yet they substantially differ in size (photo: Jan Dierking).

How trait variability within species can be incorporated in Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs).  › more

17.09.2018 | TOP NEWS, GEO BON, Biodiversity Conservation, Computational Forest Ecology, iDiv Members
Prof Henrique Pereira led this year's summer school (photo: Stefan Bernhardt/iDiv).

The 4th iDiv Summer School on “Ecological Theory and Modelling for the Biodiversity Crisis” took place from 20 to 31 August.  › more

31.08.2018 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, Biodiversity Conservation
Female bear with her two cubs roaming in search for bilberries in September, Tatra mountains, Polish Carpathians. (Picture: Adam Wajrak)

Brown bears could live in an additional 380,000 square kilometres  › more

24.07.2018 | Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, TOP NEWS
China is establishing an infrastructure and service network to connect the country, by land and sea, to different parts of Asia, Africa and Europe. This &ldquo;Belt and Road&rdquo; initiative (BRI) will not only influence the future of global trade but also the environment and the biological resources. (Picture: StockSnap / / CC0 Public Domain)

Environment protection should be a priority for the Chinese initiative to promote global trade.  › more

15.05.2018 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS, Media Release
A camera trap provided the evidence: The lynx is back in the Thuringian Forest. (Picture: Dirk Hirsch)

Fotos from a camera trap provide the evidence  › more

09.03.2018 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS, Media Release

An inclusive approach to assess nature’s contributions to people in SCIENCE  › more

19.01.2018 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, Ecosystem Services
Modelers from around the world meet at iDiv. Photo: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv

Global biodiversity and ecosystem services modelling community promotes integration of Shared Socio-Economic Pathways  › more

04.10.2017 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation
The workshop's multi-disciplinary team (photo: Stefan Bernhardt).

iDiv hosted a workshop that aimed at providing scientific evidence for promoting the EU restoration agenda.  › more

29.09.2017 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation

Interview with iDiv scientist Aurora Torres  › more

07.09.2017 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation
Central Apennines rewilding area, Italy (Photo: Sandra Bartocha / Wild Wonders of Europe / Rewilding Europe).

A new coalition of five organisations including iDiv aims at promoting biodiversity restoration at a European level through the application of rewilding principles.  › more

05.04.2017 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation

to further develop the content of chapter 2  › more

20.03.2017 | TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity Conservation
The brown bear (Ursus arctos) is among those carnivore species that are most exposed to roads globally.

The protection status of several species should therefore be reconsidered, researchers from iDiv and MLU say.  › more

08.02.2017 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation
Participants of the side event "Biodiversity Observations for Decision-Making: National Needs and Approaches" at COP13 in Cancun (06 Dec 2016). Photo: Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt

Side Event at the UN Biodiversity Conference  › more

06.12.2016 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS

Press release of UFZ  › more

06.12.2016 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS

The IPBES workshop on scenarios and modelling that was held last week at iDiv in Leipzig brought a paradigm change, the organizers say. Scenarios have always treated impacts on biodiversity as a…  › more

10.10.2016 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation
Photo: Stefan Bernhardt

This week, iDiv is hosting a workshop of the IPBES scenarios and modelling group in Leipzig.  › more

04.10.2016 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation
The small tropical frog Oophaga pumilio is a colourful example for high within-species genetic diversity (all photos: Kathleen Preißler).

The first global map of within-species genetic diversity on our planet has been published. Henrique M. Pereira, Professor at iDiv and the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, comments on the…  › more

28.09.2016 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation
Members of the IPBES expert group for the Regional Assessment on Europe and Central Asia during their meeting in Zadar, Croatia (photo: Ulf Molau).

The meeting took place in Zadar, Croatia, were an interdisciplinary group worked on the IPBES Regional Assessment on Europe and Central Asia  › more

19.09.2016 | TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity Conservation
Brown bear in the Tatra Mountains, Polish Carpathians (photo: Adam Wajrak).

Number of bears negligible  › more

14.09.2016 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation
Prof. Henrique M. Pereira, head of “Biodiversity Conservation” Photo: Silvio Bürger

Statements by Henrique M. Pereira  › more

05.09.2016 | Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation
Destroyed tropical forest. Photo: M / pixelio

New publication by iDiv scientist Isabel Rosa  › more

28.07.2016 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation

Leipzig. At the beginning of July in Leipzig, several hundred international experts in monitoring biological diversity will advise how the enormous gaps in knowledge about global biodiversity can be…  › more

04.07.2016 | Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS

5 × 15 minutes biodiversity research  › more

02.07.2016 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, Molecular Interaction Ecology, Experimental Interaction Ecology

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14.06.2016 | Media Release, Molecular Interaction Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, Experimental Interaction Ecology

This text is only available in German.  › more

04.05.2016 | Biodiversity Conservation
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