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Diversity of Insects in Nature protected Areas (DINA): an interdisciplinary German research project

  • Insect declines and biodiversity loss have attracted much attention in recent years, but lack of comprehensive data, conflicting interests among stakeholders and insufficient policy guidance hinder progress in preserving biodiversity. The project DINA (Diversity of Insects in Nature protected Areas) investigates insect communities in 21 nature reserves in Germany. All selected conservation sites border arable land, with agricultural practices assumed to influence insect populations. We taught citizen scientists how to manage Malaise traps for insect collection, and subsequently used a DNA metabarcoding approach for species identification. Vegetation surveys, plant metabarcoding as well as geospatial and ecotoxicological analyses will help to unravel contributing factors for the deterioration of insect communities. As a pioneering research project in this field, DINA includes a transdisciplinary dialogue involving relevant stakeholders such as local authorities, policymakers, and farmers, which aims at a shared understanding of conservation goals and action pathways. Stakeholder engagement combined with scientific results will support the development of sound policy recommendations to improve legal frameworks, landscape planning, land use, and conservation strategies. With this transdisciplinary approach, we aim to provide the background knowledge to implement policy strategies that will halt further decline of insects in German protected areas.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Gerlind U. C. Lehmann, Nikita Bakanov, Martin Behnisch, Sarah J. Bourlat, Carsten A. Brühl, Lisa Eichler, Thomas Fickel, Matthias F. Geiger, Birgit Gemeinholzer, Thomas Hörren, Sebastian Köthe, Alexandra Lux, Gotthard Meinel, Roland Mühlethaler, Hanna Poglitsch, Livia Schäffler, Ulrich Schlechtriemen, Florian D. Schneider, Ralf Schulte, Martin Sorg, Maximilian Sprenger, Stephanie J. Swenson, Wiltrud Terlau, Angela Turck, Vera M. A. Zizka
Parent Title (English):Biodiversity and Conservation
First Page:2605
Last Page:2614
Place of publication:Dordrecht
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2021/05/28
Copyright:© The Author(s) 2021. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Funding:The Project DINA is funded by the German Federal Ministry Education and Research(BMBF) and is handled by the DLR Project Management Agency (grant number FKZ 01LC1901). Conceptual framework and development of methodologies of the EVK was funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), handled by the Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN), grant number FKZ 3516850400.
Keyword:Insect diversity; Metabarcoding; Pesticides; Societal dialogues; Spatial analysis; Stakeholder analysis
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Internationales Zentrum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (IZNE)
Projects:Diversity of Insects in Nature protected Areas
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 57 Biowissenschaften; Biologie / 577 Ökologie
Entry in this database:2021/06/12
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International