Biodiversity changes in rhythm
with its own evolutionary and ecological dynamics, but also as
a result of deliberate and unintentional human actions. In turn,
it affects human societies, which have to adapt to these changes.
In order to understand and predict this cycle of interactions,
the mission of DIVERSITAS is to:
- promote an integrative biodiversity science,
linking biological, ecological and social disciplines in
an effort to
produce socially relevant new knowledge; and
- provide the scientific
basis for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
achieves these goals by synthesizing existing scientific knowledge,
identifying gaps and emerging issues, and promoting
new research initiatives, while also building bridges across
countries and disciplines. The Programme also investigates
policy implications of biodiversity science, and communicates
to policy fora, including international conventions.
means by which DIVERSITAS carries out its mission is through
catalysing research aligned with its four Scientific
Core Projects and engaging scientists in the following activities:
- developing common international frameworks for collaborative
- forming research networks to tackle focused scientific questions.
- promoting standardised methodologies.
- guiding and facilitating
construction of global databases.
- facilitating efficient patterns
of resource allocation, and
- undertaking analysis, synthesis and
integration activities on particular biodiversity themes.