Protecting biodiversity is at the heart of Sustainable Development Goal 15 (SDG 15)1 and an important area of research for IRD. Its staff work at different levels to study the ecology, evolution, dynamics and functioning of land-based ecosystems and living resources (plants and animals).
The scientific questions raised by the ‘Ecology, Biodiversity and Continental Ecosystem Functioning’ (Ecobio) department primarily look at the role of living organisms and environments and their interactions in:
SDG 15 — Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. ↩
IRD researchers and their partners have discovered and analysed a 13-million-year-old deposit in the Peruvian Amazon, including 7 fossilised crocodile species.
In December 2015, the La Porte Dorée tropical aquarium in Paris hosted a photography exhibition devoted to the largest scientific expedition ever led in Indonesia.
IRD researchers took part in the terrestrial part of this expedition coordinated by the French natural history museum and Pro-Natura International.