A roadmap to halt insect decline

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

Reduce light, water and noise pollution - we are campaigning against the new bypass, monitor local planning and scrutinise very carefully any major 'industrial' agricultural planning applications.

The letter ends: "We must act now".


Click here for full letter   

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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