Today is a day of farewell but also of new and hopeful beginnings. We are concluding the 65th UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Ecosystem Management – Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology.
Here you see the participants and CIPSEM staff after the award ceremony.
It is clear we face many challenges regarding
- species extinction and loss of diversity
- drastic changes in biogeochemical cycles such as that of nitrogen
- land use changes and the loss of ecosystems, fragmentation of habitats, the pollution of water, air and soil.
The 17 sustainable development goals are designed as one indivisible package. That two of the 17 targets address terrestrial and marine biodiversity directly, highlights the importance of this topic:
- Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss (Goal Nr. 15)
- Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (Goal Nr. 14).
Let’s take our governments by their words. And also: let’s assume the responsibility we all have for how our circumstances develop, and let’s celebrate the small victories along the way.