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Herbst mitten im Sommer. Vertrocknetes braunrotes Laub und die Abendsonne tauchen den Waldrand in herbstliche Farben. Ein Wald am oberen Zürichsee am 25. Juli 2018.
  • 23.02.2020
  • Platform Biology
  • News

Rigi Workshop 2020

Between the 26th and the 28th of January 2020, 22 doctoral students met at Rigi-Kulm (CH) with five experts, to share their knowledge, discuss and think about impacts and challenges of global changes in agriculture, forestry and conservation.
Offering thanks to Pachamama: harvest festival in Colcha “K” community, Nor Lípez, Bolivia
  • 20.02.2020
  • KFPE
  • Swiss Biodiversity Forum
  • Press release

Schwindende Agrobiodiversität gefährdet sichere Ernährung

Die Agrobiodiversität ging in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten dramatisch zurück. Wurden früher rund 7000 Pflanzenarten angebaut, tragen heute nur noch etwa 80 Sorten massgeblich zur globalen Nahrungsversorgung bei. Als Pfeiler der Ernährungssicherheit muss die Agrobiodiversität deshalb dringend wiederhergestellt werden. Ein neues Faktenblatt der Akademie der Naturwissenschaften (SCNAT), gemeinsam erstellt mit Forscherinnen und Forschern des Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) der Universität Bern, fasst den Rückgang und seine Folgen zusammen und zeigt mögliche Massnahmen in Politik und Wissenschaft auf.
Variety is the source of life: Agrobiodiversity benefits, challenges, and needs
  • 2020
  • KFPE
  • Swiss Biodiversity Forum
  • Fact sheet

Variety is the source of life: Agrobiodiversity benefits, challenges, and needs

For millennia, humankind’s food security and resilience were ensured by thousands of cultivated plant species, dozens of domesticated animal species, and the wider biodiversity from which they derive. But with the expansion of industrial agriculture and globalized standardized food systems, this long-running agricultural biodiversity has fallen steeply. Today, just three plant species account for half of all plant-based food calories, and only four animal species account for the vast majority of meat supplies. Looking ahead, restoring agrobiodiversity – the richness of what we cultivate, breed, consume, and conserve in the wild – is crucial to ensure resilient food systems against the backdrop of climate change. In particular, we must safeguard the livelihoods of the “guardians of agrobiodiversity”: approximately 500 million small farms across the world – particularly those in the global South. This factsheet outlines causes and consequences of agrobiodiversity loss, areas of promise, and options for policy and research.
Guidelines to Conflict Sensitive Research
  • 2020
  • KFPE
  • Other

Guidelines to Conflict Sensitive Research

Doing research in conflict contexts is crucial. But how do you best conduct research in conflict-affected contexts? These guidelines are designed for all levels of researchers – from research student to professor – who conduct research in settings that are affected by conflict.
Informationsdienst Biodiversität Schweiz Nr. 144
  • 2020
  • Swiss Biodiversity Forum
  • Newsletter

Informationsdienst Biodiversität Schweiz IBS Nr. 144

Nistkästen wirken sich positiv auf Turmfalkenpopulation aus
Prof. Rainer Wallnt (ETHZ)
  • 31.01.2020
  • CHIPP
  • News
  • Press release

Rainer Wallny on the CERN Future Circular Collider (FCC) project

Particle physicists from all over Europe are currently discussing the future of European particle physics, when the current ring accelerator LHC will be decommissioned around 2035. Next May, the decision could be taken launch technical and financial feasibility studies for the construction of a new, even more powerful particle accelerator.
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