Nature Conservation: The 100 million Euro Action Plan for Declining Insect Populations of Germany

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A reported 76% loss of insect biomass has occurred over the last 3 decades. This prompted the federal government to announce a €100 million “action plan for insect protection”

Their nine-point plan includes recommendations from leading entomologists:

  • Protection of insect-rich habitats, such as the semi-wild fruit orchards and stone walls of the countryside
  • Phasing out the herbicide glyphosate by December 2023, a broad-spectrum herbicide which destroys native habitats and plants
  • Decreasing light pollution that disrupts insect behaviour, such as foraging and mating especially of nocturnal insects.
  • Promotion and public education efforts nationwide for “insect-friendly gardens”.
  • €25 million will be dedicated to a nationwide biodiveristy study and monitoring program, which includes research and training on the causes of insect decline and the possible ways to address such.
Infographic: Massive Insect Decline Threatens Collapse Of Nature | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

Why Is This Important?

  • Insects are responsible for several they ecosystem services, such as
    • Pollination (i.e., crop production)
    • Pest Control
    • Ecological stability

Read More Here

  1. €100 million German insect protection plan will protect habitats, restrict weed killers, and boost research, By Gretchen Vogel, 06 September 2019
  2. Save Our Species with Science: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Earth Day , MindFrameShift, 03 March 2019
  3. Wildlife Garden: Insects as the Garden Security Force & Biological Pest Control, Whisker Flowers, 07 March 2018
  4. Environmentally Friendly Pest Control, Whisker Flowers, 08 Nov 2017

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