Cambridge University launches its 10-year vision for biodiversity

30th October 2020

COVID-19 has dominated headlines during 2020, almost eclipsing the topics of climate change and biodiversity loss. Globally, around one million species face the threat of extinction* and the large-scale destruction of habitats is not only accelerating the threat of extinction, but also releasing yet more carbon and greenhouse gasses into our atmosphere. Habitat destruction and increasingly close contact between humans, their livestock and wild animal populations has also been linked to the cross-species transfer of disease. Biodiversity enhancement can be a tool to mitigate these impacts and the University is committed to ensuring we take responsibility for doing just that on our own doorstep.

The University’s first Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) has now been now published. It sets out our 10-year vision for the future of biodiversity across the University, to “deliver a significant and measurable improvement in the biodiversity of the University of Cambridge estate, and the Greater Cambridge Area more generally, in a manner that educates and inspires an appreciation of the natural environment, and that encourages interventions, research and innovation to enhance and protect biodiversity for future generations.” The BAP provides clearly defined actions that allow us to focus our efforts and start working towards this vision.

The University of Cambridge Biodiversity Action Plan sets out an agenda for conserving and restoring biodiversity on the University of Cambridge estate. The authors have compiled a huge amount of data and conservation expertise to create this strategy. This is a very exciting opportunity to rebuild nature and foster vital relations between people and nature. I look forward to being part of the implementation team” – said Dr Mike Maunder, Executive Director of CCI.

The full article can be found here.