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