Biodiversity is essential to human life and welfare. The loss of biodiversity is, next to climate change, one of the biggest challenges humanity is facing. Research and action to reverse and mitigate the loss of biodiversity and associated ecosystem functions and services are thus crucially needed. In order to tackle this scientifically and societally urgent topic, the ETH Board has funded a research initiative on Blue-Green Biodiversity (BGB), i.e. the biological diversity at the interface of water and on land. Its goal is to strengthen interdisciplinary biodiversity research within WSL and Eawag, but also within the whole ETH domain and beyond, to understand and respond to challenges associated to species loss and biodiversity change as quickly as possible.
- BGB 2020
In 2020, a core set of questions and projects has been identified and projects will commence in August 2020. These projects aim to provide rapid results by focusing on the analysis of existing data to answer topical questions in basic and applied biodiversity science at the interface of aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity. The BGB 2020 call comprised 13 funded research projects to support post-doctoral fellows for one year (projects listed below).
- BGB 2021–2024
In 2021 longer-term research projects will begin including new experiments, field studies and data collection. These projects will aim to further develop themes from BGB 2020, as well as to expand into new cutting-edge research and applied questions, for which data do not already exist.
Main objectives 2020
- Community building, horizon scanning and priority setting to establish new collaborations and address timely questions
- Analysis of existing data and modelling to obtain greater insight into similarities and inter-connections between aquatic and terrestrial systems
- Outreach and translation to communicate findings to practitioners and the broader public