Habitat destruction, trade in animal parts and climate change are all to blame for the loss of biodiversity around the world.
It is problematic when local plants and animals become extinct, as they fulfil important ecological functions for the ecosystem. DW's latest content concerning biodiversity is collated below.
The Galapagos Islands are famed as a treasure trove of unique flora and fauna. More than 4,500 species that live nowhere else on the planet have already been discovered there. The islands are also a top destination for modern-day tourists. But this unique biodiversity is under threat from overfishing, an increase in garbage and alien species introduced by visiting humans.
In recent decades, wolves have been making a comeback to Germany, after being hunted to extinction in the late 19th century. As wolf numbers in neighboring Poland grew in the late 20th century, they gradually moved west in search of new territory. While conservationists welcome the wolves' return to Germany, not everyone is happy to see the predator.
What role should greenery and vegetation play in the heart of our urban spaces? That is a question being posed by a new installation in the very centre of Prague, where a temporary forest has sprung up in the shadow of the 19th century National Theatre. It’s creators want to raise awareness about the role of nature, greenery and medicinal plants in our modern societies.