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Two researchers from the Department of Biology appointed to Denmark's new Biodiversity Council

Denmark’s first Biodiversity Council has been set up to advise the government and the Danish Parliament on nature initiatives. The Minister for the Environment, Lea Wermelin, has appointed Professor Signe Normand as chair of the Council and Professor Jens-Christian Svenning as a member of the Council.

Signe Normand and Jens-Christian Svenning. Photo: AU foto.

In future, the new Biodiversity Council will help the government and the Danish Parliament to find out how Denmark can create more wild nature to benefit both animals and plants.

The Minister for the Environment, Lea Wermelin, has appointed the chair of the Council and eight members for the period 2021-2024. They will all contribute expert knowledge about how we can improve biodiversity in Denmark. This includes knowledge about nature, the environment, economics and outdoor life.

The chair of the Biodiversity Council will be Professor Signe Normand from the Department of Biology.

In addition to Signe Normand, Professor Jens-Christian Svenning from the Department of Biology will also have a seat on the Biodiversity Council, as he has been appointed as one of the eight members.

Among other things, the Biodiversity Council will draw up an annual report on initiatives for nature and biodiversity and initiatives in the nature and biodiversity package, in which DKK 888 million has been earmarked to designate more undisturbed forest and establish up to 15 new national parks 

The establishment of the Council is part of the December 2020 nature and biodiversity package between the government, the Danish Social Liberal Party, the Socialist People’s Party, the Red-Green Alliance and the Alternative. The package focuses on providing a historic boost to Danish nature.