Mission Statement

At the Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research and Applied Ecology, in collaboration with our esteemed partners, including the Institut für Landschaftsökologie, Institut für Geologie und Paläontologie, Dachverband Deutscher Avifaunisten (DDA), and LWL-Museum für Naturkunde, our mission is to deepen our understanding of the intricate web of life on Earth and utilize that knowledge to address pressing conservation challenges.

Through interdisciplinary research and collaboration, we focus on key chapters such as wetland restoration, urban ecology, re-surveys and citizen science to unravel the complexities of biodiversity and its interactions with the environment. By employing innovative approaches, we aim to generate actionable insights and practical solutions that promote the sustainable coexistence of all species, safeguard the integrity of ecosystems, and bridge the gap between science and practice.

With our work, we strive to foster a harmonious relationship between human society and the natural world, advancing the frontiers of biodiversity research and promoting evidence-based conservation strategies for the thriving and future of our planet.

Guide to the restoration of bog vegetation

© Jonah Winkler

Peatlands are an important part of the carbon cycle on a global scale. As a potential carbon sink, it is of great importance to restore them after their almost complete destruction in Germany and other European countries. In order for a peatland to be able to absorb carbon again after it has been drained, the vegetation must be restored after rewetting. This requires extensive cultivation of the vegetation that is to be established on the bog.
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CIBRA and DDA seal their cooperation

Photo, from left to right: Prof. Dr. Sascha Buchholz (Head of CIBRA), Dr. Johannes Wahl (DDA Executive Board), Dr. Christoph Sudfeldt (Chairman of the DDA Executive Board), Dr. Jakob Katzenberger (DDA Executive Board), Dr. Malte Conrady (CIBRA), not in the picture: Nadja Pernat (CIBRA)
© I. Tigges

By signing a cooperation agreement the Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research and Applied Ecology (CIBRA) and the DDA will combine their expertise in the field of biodiversity in the future. The aim of the cooperation is to develop scientifically sound findings in order to improve the protection of biodiversity in our increasingly intensively used environment.

Together with the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology at Münster University and the LWL Museum of Natural History, CIBRA and the DDA will form a strong regional network for species conservation. The unifying goal: to investigate complex functional relationships between the organisms living in our region and their environment and to initiate practical nature conservation projects. As the organizer of national bird monitoring, the DDA offers promising starting points here. In addition, the cooperation partners will support each other in teaching, training young scientists and mobilizing the research infrastructure. Innovative research approaches will help to bring together the expertise of the partners.