As a result of human activities, global biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate and at all levels of life ranging from genes, species, communities, habitats to entire ecosystems. Biodiversity is at the basis of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as biodiversity loss reduces the sustainability of (human) life on Earth.
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In order to protect or restore biodiversity, it is crucial to consider all forms of life within their entire context. The strength of NIOO-based research is that it integrates all of the different levels and scales that make up biodiversity, from genetic diversity to species diversity, from small to large organisms, from trophic interactions to communities and ecosystems, and in a wide range of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Therefore, NIOO is in the right position to make a substantial and scientifically important contribution to the societal goal of the SDGs.

Marker Wadden research