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Biodiversity: Basics, Endangerment, Protection

The geobotanist Rüdiger Wittig and the zoologist Manfred Niekisch give a broad overview of the diversity of life on earth. They not only show the scientific basics in a generally understandable way, but also go into detail on the material and spiritual importance of biodiversity for humans and in particular on the environmental services that ecosystems provide. The reasons for the threat to biodiversity as well as the conventions, legal instruments and practical options available for the protection of animals, plants and ecosystems are also presented. The role of non-governmental organizations is also highlighted.

The authors:

Manfred Niekisch is director of the Frankfurt Zoo and co-opting professor for international nature conservation at the University of Frankfurt. Among other things, he is also a member of the Advisory Council for Environmental Issues (SRU) of the Federal Government and President of the Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö).

Rüdiger Wittig is professor emeritus for ecology and geobotany at the University of Frankfurt, vice-president of the Academy for Ecological State Research and co-founder of the Biodiversity and Climate Research Institute Frankfurt (BiK-F).

Keywords

Aquatic habitats Effects of climate change on biodiversity Significance of botanical gardens Significance of natural history museums Significance of zoos Biotope protection measures Restriction of land consumption Creation of biodiversity Endangerment of biodiversity Habitats of Central Europe Human interventions in biodiversity Sustainable use Neobiota Non-governmental organizations Conservation of biodiversity Environmental services Terrestrial large-scale habitat formation Ecosystems Ecosystem significance of biodiversity

Authors and affiliations

  • Rudiger Wittig
  • Manfred Niekisch
  1. 1. Ecology and Geobotany University Frankfurt Inst f. Ökol., Evol. & DiversityFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2. Frankfurt Zoological GardenFrankfurt am MainGermany

About the authors

Manfred Niekisch is director of the Frankfurt Zoo and co-opting professor for international nature conservation at the University of Frankfurt. Among other things, he is also a member of the German Government's Advisory Council for Environmental Issues (SRU) and President of the Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö).

Rüdiger Wittig is professor emeritus for ecology and geobotany at the University of Frankfurt, vice-president of the Academy for Ecological State Research and co-founder of the Biodiversity and Climate Research Institute Frankfurt (BiK-F).

Bibliographic information

  • Book TitleBiodiversity: Basics, Endangerment, Protection
  • AuthorsRüdiger Wittig
    Manfred Niekisch
  • DOIhttps: //doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-54694-5
  • Copyright InformationSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg2014
  • Publisher NameSpringer Spektrum, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Life Science and Basic Disciplines (German Language)
  • Hardcover ISBN978-3-642-54693-8
  • eBook ISBN978-3-642-54694-5
  • Edition Number1
  • Number of PagesXV, 585
  • Number of Illustrations0 b / w illustrations, 215 illustrations in color
  • TopicsEcology
    Biodiversity
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