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Protecting biodiversity: a top priority

International Day for biological diversity is an opportunity to celebrate the beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that their conservation brings to people.

Marking of an adult Quimper snail, at the biological station of Paimpont
Marking of an adult Quimper snail, at the biological station of Paimpont

© Jean-Claude Moschetti / Ecobio / CNRS Images

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CNRS Images presents the key points to better understand the importance of protecting biodiversity.

This year, the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity is “Be part of the Plan”. The adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, also known as The Biodiversity Plan, sets goals and concrete measures to stop and reverse the loss of nature by 2050.

Indeed, biodiversity is disappearing at an ever-increasing rate, and almost no ecosystem is immune to the phenomenon. All scientific disciplines (biology, ecology, but also economics, mathematics and palaeontology for example) are mobilised to deal with this major challenge that affects us all, since protecting biodiversity is quite simply protecting our entire environment: each species that disappears is a potentially fatal blow to its ecosystem, which is itself interwoven into larger ones....

To mark these international gatherings, we invite you to (re)discover films and news stories that we have made about this topic in recent years. The series “Animaux en Danger” (Endangered Animals), for example, takes you to meet ten scientists working all over the world to better understand endangered species and their interactions with their ecosystems, on land, at sea or in the air. But you can also meet biologist Éric Karsenti, the CNRS 2015 Gold Medallist, who is behind the Tara Oceans Expedition, an ambitious and essential project to map marine biodiversity which is threatened more than any other. More surprisingly, the animals themselves can become researchers in their own way, like the West Indian turtles fitted with GPS trackers, cameras and electronic chips to help us understand their movements and feeding habits.

More generally, researchers are not alone: their role is also to make citizens aware of the living creatures around them, and of the need to provide these creatures with a habitat to foster their development. By becoming aware of the dangers that put pressure on biodiversity, everyone can help defend it.

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