Diversity of insects in nature protected areas

Subproject: Multi-criteria description of German nature conservation areas (NSG) and land use classification


In this project, together with NABU and other partners, the decline of insects is being investigated and the basis for effective countermeasures is being created. The focus is on flying insects in nature reserves. In order to halt the decline of biodiversity in nature reserves and to turn it into a positive trend, data bases are needed. Insect diversity is to be recorded and quantified in selected nature reserves in Germany. The IOER provides all necessary geodata and analyses all nature reserves with regard to their landscape structure and land use or land cover in Germany to identify suitable sites.


The objectives of the subproject are the description of the nature reserves by descriptive statistics and description of the spatial characteristics to support the selection of the analysis areas. The classification of the nature reserves serves as a basic requirement for the case study areas. In these nature reserves, insect populations will be recorded in 21 representative areas nationwide using standardized monitoring methods in the coming years.

The spatial analysis of all nature reserves serves as a basis for the investigation of the relationship between insect population, protected area characteristics including agricultural intensities. The results are set up in a visualization platform and continuously added with information on nature reserves and result visualizations. The visualization platform will be tested during the project and will be activated at the end of the project.

Project realisation

By calculating and analyzing various indicators derived from geodata, statistical and machine learning methods can be applied. These indicators are needed for decision support for the selection of nature reserves and are used for classification analyses and context studies.

Information on the complete project: https://www.dina-insektenforschung.de/

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

FS Sachsen

This institute is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.