Saving biodiversity: Researchers of IPBES receive EuroNatur Award

Welcome to the EuroNatur press area

Read our latest press releases on nature conservation in Europe. Background information is available for you on the corresponding topic pages and in the top menu under the heading "Publications".


++ Researchers of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) are being awarded the EuroNatur Prize 2021 ++ Dramatic species extinction is a result of human activity ++ The biodiversity crisis and the climate crisis go hand in hand ++

three-toed woodpecker in Romania

Every animal has its place in the ecosystem – if species are missing, it affects the whole system. Here, a three-toed woodpecker in Romania.

© Matthias Schickhofer
Grasshopper on the grass stem

The current extinction of species has a particularly striking effect on insects, which has dramatic consequences for all animals, since insects are the basis of nutrition for many species.

© Janinka Lutze

Radolfzell. The rapid decline in insect numbers, the disappearance of many bird and plant species and the loss of habitats: a whole series of dramatic developments are concealed within this broad concept. Science has long been warning about the consequences of global species extinction, and, in recent years, especially researchers who have been producing expert reports for the IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). For their dedication to this cause, Dr. Eszter Kelemen (Hungary), Dr. Yunne-Jai Shin (France) und Prof. Dr. Josef Settele (Germany) will receive the EuroNatur award on 14th October 2021 on behalf of all the researchers working for the IPBES.

According to experts from the natural and social sciences, the crisis in species diversity will also severely affect humanity. A much-quoted example of the mass decline in insects has been the decline in pollinators in agriculture. When mangrove forests and coral reefs are destroyed, the coasts are vulnerable to tsunamis and storms. The causes of the dramatic decline in species are largely to be found in the activities of human beings: climate change, destruction of habitat, industrial agriculture or the over-fishing of the seas.

“The biodiversity crisis has been overshadowed somewhat by the publicity surrounding the climate crisis, but they are intimately connected and represent two of the greatest challenges for humanity,” said EuroNatur president Thomas Potthast. “The researchers of the IPBES have been analysing and documenting the threats to the animal and plant world and have been modelling the scenarios for possible future developments. The warnings as well as the tips for a biodiversity-friendly transformation of society need to be heard by the policy makers in order to prevent worse global catastrophes.” It was for precisely this reason that the executive committee chose the 2021 prize-winners. The committee were impressed, moreover, by the far-sightedness of the researchers: with a joint report the scientists of the IBPES and the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) recently made clear how closely the biodiversity and climate crises are related and emphasised that they must be tackled together. Indeed, calls are now being made to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the IPBES, in the form of an opinion piece composed by, amongst others, the German Federal Minister for the Environment, Svenja Schulze. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change received the same award in 2007.

Background information:

  • EuroNatur-Award: Previous prize winners are the community of Mals in South Tyrol, Dr. Mario F. Broggi, Jonathan Franzen, Dr. Luc Hoffmann, Gudrun Steinacker und the „brave women of Kruščica“. The EuroNatur award, which has no prize money, is designed to honour the excellent achievements in nature conservation which unite humanity and nature. The EuroNatur award 2021 is being awarded at 17.00 on Thursday 14th October on the island of Mainau on Lake Constance.
  • The IBPES: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), founded in 2012, is a cross-national committee of the UN with its headquarters in Bonn. It has the remit to give scientific advice to policy makers on the themes of biological diversity and the performance of ecosystems. For this purpose, the member states of the IBPES nominate experts to produce reports.
  • The award ceremony will be broadcast live on the EuroNatur Facebook channel.

For further information: 
Anja Arning, anja.arning(at), Tel.: +49 (0)7732 – 92 72 13

How you can help

Press Subscription Service

Select on which of your areas of interest you would like to receive our press releases.

Select press subscription service

RSS feeds

You can subscribe to our RSS feeds to receive all the news on the topics of your choice.

Choose your RSS feed here


Spotlight on nature’s diversity

Start of “Europe’s Natural Treasures 2022” international photography competition

New Position Paper: Energy generation without destroying nature is the path to climate neutrality 2040

Reduce, prioritise, restore: How to consume and generate energy to tackle the climate and nature crises.

EU Pilot Project Strengthens Nature Conservation at the European Green Belt

On November 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall came down – the beginning of the end of the Iron Curtain. 32 years later, the EU-funded project „BEST Belt“ aims…

Demand: EIB has to improve environmental and social standards

The European Investment Bank has financed a series of damaging hydropower projects since 2010 which underline the need to tighten its environmental…

Mark of support for biodiversity: EuroNatur Award presented to World Biodiversity Council researchers

++ Researchers working for the World Biodiversity Council IPBES have received the 2021 EuroNatur Award ++ Science is drawing attention to dramatic…

Saving biodiversity: Researchers of IPBES receive EuroNatur Award

++ Researchers of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) are being awarded the EuroNatur Prize…

Bat roost safeguarded for the future

++ Building work on the “Old Brewery” in Frankfurt (Oder) completed ++ Hibernation roost for more than 1,200 bats ++ International conference…

Stop species extinction! EuroNatur Award for World Biodiversity Council Researchers

++ EuroNatur Award 2021 goes to scientists from IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) ++ Body…

Goldman Environmental Prize for the “Brave Women of Kruščica”

++ River defenders from Bosnia and Herzegovina win the Goldman Environmental Prize ++ For the second time in the past three years an activist has has…

Science week at the Vjosa tributaries

++ 35 scientists from Austria, Albania, Italy and Germany assess the two major Vjosa tributaries for a week ++ Data will be used to fight planned…

EU funds for the destruction of nature?

For years, EuroNatur and its partner organisations have been fighting against the controversial Mokrice hydropower plant on the Sava River. The…

Bird paradise in Albania threatened by construction of an airport

++ An airport is to be built in the Narta Lagoon on the Adriatic ++ A stopover site of major international importance for migratory water birds ++ 8th…

Pressure continues for a Vjosa National Park as new government forms in Albania

The election may be over, but the fight for the Vjosa is not.

Activists demand European political support for a Vjosa National Park in Albania

++ The new slogan, Vjosa National Park Now, is a plea to protect Europe’s last big wild river ++

Nature ignored in European recovery funding, say campaign groups

EU Recovery Fundings in the wake of the Corona crisis read largely without consideration of nature and climate protection goals