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New report on biodiversity research in the Netherlands and worldwide What published academic research tells us

A report from Elsevier has revealed the current state of biodiversity research in the Netherlands. Professor Andrew Skidmore, from the ITC Faculty of the University of Twente is quoted in this report.

Facing biodiversity loss

Today, species are becoming extinct at an unprecedented rate, and many of the reasons can be traced back to human activity. In the last 200 years, we have seen an increase in habitat loss, unsustainable resource use, the spread of invasive species, and pollution.

Along with climate change, biodiversity loss is one of the next big challenges that we are facing. If biodiversity continues to decline, the quality of human life will also suffer. Protecting biodiversity in politics, business, and society is to some degree informed by scientific research, which makes this activity fundamentally important.

Andrew Skidmore, Professor

The report provides a useful summary of the outsized biodiversity research in Dutch universities, its importance in a broader societal context, and key research groups and institutions. International collaboration by Dutch researchers stands. Despite a relatively low priority from the government, Dutch scientists have a globally significant impact in biodiversity and environmental research, with most financial support from the European Union.

Andrew Skidmore, Professor

How The Netherlands contributes

Fortunately, global biodiversity research is of high quality and steadily growing. The European contribution is leading the rest of the world and has strengthened over time. Based on the key findings in this report, biodiversity research from the Netherlands is highly regarded by the international community. The country is 8th in publication output within Europe, and its output has a significant global impact, characterized by strong international collaboration.

This report also highlights that the Netherlands is leading the way within Europe when it comes to academic-corporate collaboration in biodiversity research. The high level of citation of Dutch biodiversity research in global policy documents highlights the importance of the country’s research in shaping policies around the world.

More information

This report has been published by Elsevier to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity 2023 (May 22). Read the full report here