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bioDISCOVERY aims to make breakthroughs in assessing, monitoring, understanding and predicting biodiversity change.

There are still huge gaps in our knowledge of biodiversity - estimates say that only about 20% of all species have been discovered or are described in detail. In addition, species abundances and distributions are changing with climatic and land use changes.

bioDISCOVERY aims to promote the improvement of biodiversity assessments across spatial and temporal scales, different levels of biological organisation, and attributes, processes and functions of biodiversity. Monitoring biodiversity change on various scales allows us to track responses of species, communities and ecosystems to global change, to identify the drivers of change, and to pinpoint those areas that are particularly vulnerable. This will enhance our understanding of future biodiversity change in response to multiple natural and anthropogenic drivers, and improve understanding of the consequences of biodiversity change for ecosystem services. This understanding will be used to develop improved, quantitative projections of future change, which will  provide clearer, stronger messages to stakeholders and decision makers, and support the development of effective policy in the face of global change. bioDISCOVERY provides scientific support for a wide range of assessment initiatives, including the newly established intergovernmental panel on biodiversity and ecosystem services, IPBES.

bioDISCOVERY was launched by DIVERSITAS, an international research programme on biodiversity science. bioDISCOVERY became a core project of Future Earth in 2015.

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