Biodiversity makes us more resilient

Uppsala University

A forest

The more species and the more stable and complex the ecosystem is, the more resilient it is against environmental pressures – such as climate change.

Photograph: Matton

Biodiversity is declining globally. Why is it so important, in the forest and for humans? Can it protect us from the effects of climate change? What can be done at a political level to preserve biodiversity? Listen to a podcast with researcher Malgorzata Blicharska, who is a participant in the TV series “The Age of Nature”.

Listen to the episode 55: Biodiversity makes us more resilient

Malgorzata Blicharska, Associate

Professor at the Department of

Earth Sciences.

– I would like to contribute to improve the situation with biodiversity. I would like to make people, both decision makers in different sectors, and the general society, more aware of the importance of biodiversity and what can we do to to prevent its decline, says Malgorzata Blicharska, Associate Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences.

She has done a lot of research in a forest in Polen, Bialowieza. This is one of the oldest forests in Europe and the nature is in good condition. The more species and the more stable and complex the ecosystem is, the more resilient it is against environmental pressures – such as climate change.

–The problem is that biodiversity is a very difficult concept. Everyone knows about climate change, but not so many about biodiversity. A lot of different impacts and effects of biodiversity are working on different levels, says Malgorzata Blicharska.

She is one of the researchers that participate in the new BBC series “The Age of Nature” (in Swedish Naturens revansch”). The TV series examines humanity’s relationship with nature and wildlife and how scientists and conservationists study ways to restore the planet.

Annica Hulth

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