Throughout 2018, we will celebrate our diverse cultural heritage across Europe - at EU, national, regional and local level. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The slogan for the year is: Our heritage: where the past meets the future.


Scientists of the iDiv consortium presented in Brussels a Fitness Check assessment of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The study “Is the CAP fit for the future of farming?” was carried out by a team of researchers including scientists from iDiv, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig University (UL), the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). Among them are first author Guy Pe’er (iDiv, UFZ, UL), Aletta Bonn (UFZ, iDiv, FSU) and Bernd Hansjürgens (UFZ, MLU, iDiv).

The Federal Government’s National Strategy on Biological Diversity
( includes various wilderness-related targets. For example, nature is to be left to develop undisturbed according to its own laws in at least two percent of German territory by 2020. This target is primarily to be attained with the aid of large wilderness areas. These are also to be integrated in the international ecological network.