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Issue: June 2019

The Global Report of the World Biodiversity Council IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) showed in early May that up to one million species are threatened with extinction. This is despite the fact that numerous agreements at international and national level are intended to ensure the protection of valuable ecosystems and thus secure their important services for humans and nature. Lakes and wetlands in particular are among the most endangered ecosystems in the world, as confirmed by the representatives of 80 member organisations at the 15th Living Lakes Conference held in Valencia, Spain, in May. Heavy pollution, nutrient inputs, high water withdrawals, illegal settlements and invasive species are shifting the ecological balance of water bodies. But effective project measures on site reduce the negative impacts, for example at Lake Nokoué in Benin, where we are working with our partner organisations. But not only in the water, but also on land, we promote biodiversity with numerous projects.

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 Lake Nokoué is exposed to many threats.

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The Venice of Africa sinks in Garbage

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Untreated wastewater and waste from urban settlements, pesticides and agricultural fertilizers lead to a constant deterioration of water quality in Lake Nokoué, the largest brackish water lake in Benin. Together with our partners AMAF-BENIN, we are implementing a project to protect biological diversity, including the sustainable use of natural resources. Save the last manatees with us!

 15th Living Lakes Conference

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15th Living Lakes Conference

From 7 to 9 May, 200 lake conservationists, political decision-makers and company representatives from 40 countries met in Valencia, Spain, to discuss current challenges and solutions for the protection of lakes and wetlands and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Living Lakes network.

 Biodiversity-Oriented Design of Business Premises

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Biodiversity-Oriented Design of Business Premises

In densely populated Europe, biodiversity-oriented business premises provide habitats for a wide variety of plants and animals and also improve the well-being of employees and society. The partners in the LIFE BooGI-BOP project support companies in the biodiversity-oriented design of their company premises to protect biodiversity.

 Ecosystem services of protected karst areas along the Danube

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Ecosystem Services of Protected Karst Areas along the Danube

Project measures in national parks along the Danube serve as a driving force for local sustainable development. Pro-Biodiversity Businesses (PBB) represent a business model that is economically successful and at the same time makes a positive contribution to the preservation of biological diversity. Numerous examples and first steps for the development of such companies have now been published in a guideline.

 Brochure "Living Lakes, Goals 2019 - 2024 / Achievements 2012 - 2018”

Brochure "Living Lakes, Goals 2019 - 2024 / Achievements 2012 - 2018”

The report was published in time for the 15th Living Lakes Conference in Valencia and the 20th anniversary of the Living Lakes Network. With this publication the partners of the Living Lakes Network look back on successes and experiences of the last years and set ambitious goals for the next 5 years.
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 Brochure "Green Filters Latin America – Caring for the Water of a Continent”

Brochure "Green Filters Latin America – Caring for the Water of a Continent”

Wetland treatment plants in Latin and South America are on the one hand decentralized and cost-effective solutions for wastewater treatment, on the other hand they also create new wetlands and semi-natural habitats. Endangered bird or amphibian species find a habitat here after only a few months of operation. 
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Asian consumers are more aware of biodiversity than Germans

The Union for Ethical BioTrade Biodiversity Barometer 2019 published in May shows that Asian consumers are very much aware of biodiversity. They want companies to show more commitment to ethically responsible procurement.
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Training material on the protection of biodiversity in agriculture

The training material of the EU LIFE Food & Biodiversity project provides comprehensive information for consultants, auditors of standard organisations and product and quality managers of food companies to help farmers implement effective measures to protect biodiversity.
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