In a letter to the editor of the scientific journal Nature, Ecology and Evolution, more than 70 scientists from 54 different institutions across the globe have presented a 'road map' to address the present critical decline in insect populations and biodiversity. Pointing out that "there is now a strong scientific consensus that the decline of insects, other arthropods and biodiversity as a whole, is a very real and serious threat that society must urgently address", they suggest immediate 'no-regret' ("beneficial to society and biodiversity even if the direct effects on insects are not known as of yet") measures.
Several of these notably chime with HCPRE's work;
Increase landscape heterogeneity in agriculture- the 'mix' of ecological niches - we support local groups and use our expertise in planning to oppose large-scale developments, for example of polytunnels and intensive poultry units
Enhance restoration and conservation programmes - we have commissioned an interactive map of the Environment Agency's water-sampling points
The letter ends: "We must act now".
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Harvey, J.A., Heinen, R., Armbrecht, I. et al. International scientists formulate a roadmap for insect conservation and recovery. Nat Ecol Evol (2020) doi:10.1038/s41559-019-1079-8
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