Global threats and biodiversity

Climate change, land-use change, pollution, exploitation of natural resources, and invasive species are transforming life on Earth as fast as never before in Earth's history. The exploration and understanding of biodiversity is therefore more important than ever. 

These drivers of global changes, known as the “big five”, do not affect every species or an ecosystem in every region in the same way. To determine how and why does for example pollution impact a dragonfly or invasive species impact silver birch forests, we need to ask ourselves what does a particular species/ecosystem need for survival.

So next time you are on your way to work or hiking in Swiss Alps observe nature around you and think what does a species or an ecosystem such as a forest or lake need for survival and how do the “big five” impact it…

For some suggestions on what you can do agains the “big five” click here.