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No all-clear for endangered Lebensr ume in Germany

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The loss of species and habitat diversity in Germany is progressing despite some conservation successes: around three quarters of all habitat types are still considered endangered or even acutely threatened with extinction. This is the conclusion of the latest edition of the Red List of Endangered Biotope Types.

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"The Red List shows that efforts to protect species and habitat diversity must be continued at all levels, " said Federal Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel. "In many cases, the loss of habitats can not be reversed or can only be reversed with great effort. If animal and plant species die out, this is irrevocable, "warned Gabriel.

Small successes, big losses

It is gratifying that stabilization has now been achieved for a number of biotope types that have been on the decline in the past. This shows the first successes of the current nature conservation efforts, such as the implementation of European nature conservation law, the improvement of the biotope network, the optimization of the protected area system and the increase in organic farming. Despite all efforts, however, it was not possible to sustainably halt the decline in biodiversity. This is reflected in particular in the dramatic decline of once widespread biotope types, such as the flower-rich meadows and pastures or the clear-water lakes.

"We must recognize that there are still a large number of biotopes that are highly endangered and continue to decline. There is thus no reason to be all-clear. Due to the still far too high land consumption and the further progress of the intensity of use in many areas of our cultural landscapes while using traditional farming methods in many low mountain regions, the situation has worsened, "said Rudolf Ley, Vice President of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. display

Continue efforts

Gabriel said that the present revision of the Red List of Threatened Biotope Types makes it clear that conservation efforts at all levels must be continued in order to safeguard our natural heritage and achieve the internationally agreed goal of reducing biodiversity by 2010 unstoppable.

The Environment Ministers of the G8 states stated in the "Potsdam Initiative on Biodiversity 2010" on March 17, 2007, that the conservation of biological diversity has the same global significance as climate protection. They pledged to take the necessary measures to protect biodiversity. The implementation status of the goal of halting the loss of biodiversity will also be a central theme of the UN Conference on Nature Conservation, which will take place in Germany in May 2008.

(Federal Environment Ministry, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, 29.03.2007 - AHE)