Published March 25, 2024 | Version 1
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10 Must Knows from Biodiversity Science 2024

  • 1. ROR icon Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • 1. ROR icon Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • 2. ROR icon Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • 3. ROR icon Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
  • 4. ROR icon Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • 5. ROR icon German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research
  • 6. German Agricultural Society (DLG)
  • 7. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
  • 8. ROR icon ETH Zurich
  • 9. ROR icon Hochschule Geisenheim University
  • 10. ROR icon European Forest Institute
  • 11. ROR icon Witten/Herdecke University
  • 12. Corsus - corporate sustainability
  • 13. ROR icon Leipzig University
  • 14. ROR icon Philipps University of Marburg
  • 15. ROR icon Leibniz Institute DSMZ – German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures
  • 16. ROR icon Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research
  • 17. ROR icon Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change
  • 18. Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ)
  • 19. Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries
  • 20. Freelance science journalist
  • 21. Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science (MfN)
  • 22. Technical University of Dresden
  • 23. ROR icon Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research
  • 24. ROR icon Senckenberg Society for Nature Research
  • 25. ROR icon Goethe University Frankfurt
  • 26. ROR icon Freie Universität Berlin
  • 27. ROR icon Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity
  • 28. Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 29. ROR icon Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
  • 30. COHAB Initiative
  • 31. ROR icon University of Zurich
  • 32. ROR icon University of Augsburg
  • 33. ROR icon Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research
  • 34. ROR icon Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development
  • 35. ROR icon Institute for Social-Ecological Research
  • 36. ROR icon Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies
  • 37. Technical University of Braunschweig
  • 38. Charité Berlin
  • 39. ROR icon University of Groningen
  • 40. ROR icon Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy
  • 41. German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research (DPZ)
  • 42. Future Earth Global Secretariat Hub Japan
  • 43. ROR icon National Institute for Environmental Studies
  • 44. Ulm University
  • 45. Greifswald Mire Centre (GMC)
  • 46. ROR icon University of Greifswald
  • 47. ROR icon Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi
  • 48. ROR icon Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics
  • 49. Vrije University of Amsterdam
  • 50. Center for Planetary Health Policy (CPHP)
  • 51. ROR icon ARL – Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association
  • 52. ROR icon Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development


"There are no scientifically justified obstacles to protecting biodiversity in all its beauty and diversity. There are only six years left to achieve the biodiversity targets by 2030. We must work together now to get there in time."

In the 10 Must Knows from Biodiversity Science 2024, 64 scientists have further developed their well-founded and diverse findings and recommendations from the 10MustKnows22. The content of the ten selected key areas of the Earth-human system is supplemented by relevant publications from 2022 and 2023 and linked to the 23 global goals of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) adopted in December 2022. The authors are aware that the next six years until 2030 are essential for achieving an ecologically sustainable and socially just life on our planet in the medium and long term. With the 10MustKnows24, they want to actively contribute to accelerating the socio-ecological transformation by providing scientifically sound recommendations for politics and society.


These are the 10MustKnows24:

1: Achieving climate and biodiversity protection together

2: Enabling a healthy life on a healthy planet

3: Considering undiscovered biodiversity

4: Linking linguistic, cultural and biological diversity

5: Harmonising the diverse use of forest ecosystems and biodiversity conservation

6: Transforming agricultural and food systems

7: Protecting land and resources

8: Releasing transformative change through international collaboration and Education for Sustainable Development

9: Ensuring free access and open use of biodiversity-related data

10: Reducing biodiversity impacts from food consumption


The scientific authors of the 10MustKnows24 are:

Thonicke, K., Rahner, E., Arneth, A., Bonn, A., Borchard, N., Chaudhary, A., Darbi, M., Dutta, T., Eberle, U., Eisenhauer, N., Farwig, N., Flocco, C. G., Freitag, J., Grobe, P., Grosch, R., Grossart, H. P., Grosse, A.,     Grützmacher, K., Hagemann, N., Hansjürgens, B., Hartman Scholz, A., Hassenrück, C., Häuser, C., Hickler, T., Hölker, F., Jacob, U., Jähnig, S., Jürgens, K., Kramer-Schadt, S., Kretsch, C., Krug, C., Lindner, J. P., Loft, L.,     Mann, C., Matzdorf, B., Mehring, M., Meier, R., Meusemann, K., Müller, D., Nieberg, M., Overmann, J., Peters, R. S., Pörtner, L., Pradhan, P., Prochnow, A., Rduch, V., Reyer, C., Roos, C., Scherber, C., Scheunemann, N., Schroer, S., Schuck, A., Sioen, G. B., Sommer, S., Sommerwerk, N., Tanneberger, F., Tockner, K., van der Voort, H., Veenstra, T., Verburg, P., Voss, M., Warner, B., Wende, W., Wesche, K.


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