The diversity of life that sustains humanity is being severely degraded by human action leading to a deterioration in land, air and water quality, loss of natural ecosystems and widespread declines in populations of wild species. These changes are well documented and of existential significance to human societies, yet significant knowledge about the problem has not catalysed effective broad-based action.
To address this, we have created Biodiversity Revisited – a collaborative, thought leadership process to co-produce a new, integrated five-year research agenda to effectively sustain life on Earth. The collaborative process seeks to raise new awareness and thinking about biodiversity, from concept through measurement to implementation, as well as looking critically at the narratives, science and systems that underpin it.
Biodiversity Revisited is an initiative of the Luc Hoffmann Institute, in collaboration with WWF, Future Earth, ETH Zürich Department of Environmental Systems Science, University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research at University College London and exists thanks to generous funding from the NOMIS Foundation, the MAVA Foundation and WWF International. The journal Nature Sustainability endorsed this initiative.
The initiative is governed by a secretariat and a Steering Committee, the latter including Prof. Adil Najam, Chair (Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University), Prof. Jon Hutton (Luc Hoffmann Institute), Dr Amy Luers (Future Earth), Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul (ETH Zurich), Prof. Bhaskar Vera (University of Cambridge), Prof. Georgina Mace (UCL) and Dr Rebecca Shaw (WWF).
The Biodiversity Revisited journey