The term biodiversity (from “biological diversity”) refers to the
variety of life on Earth at all its levels, from genes to ecosystems,
and can encompass the evolutionary, ecological, and cultural
processes that sustain life.

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A few areas of focus that we tackle under biodiversity include: Afforestation, Agriculture, Agroforestry, Community Gardens, Composting, Coral Reefs, Deforestation, Desertification, Ecosystems, Endangered Species, Indigenous Peoples, Invasive Species, Landcare, Oceans, Plantings, Pollination, Regenerative Agriculture, Soil, Tree Planting, Water Ecosystems, Wind Power.


Task Forces and Initiatives

Ecological Responses of thaw lakes in the Arctic

Topic: Thermokarst lakes or thaw and tundra depressions have generally formed during the course of the Holocene, the time since the last ice age. They are a sign of local permafrost degradation following post glacial climate warming. In this regard, the changes in thermokarst lakes will be focused to understand the potential positive and negative feedbacks to the atmospheric carbon budget. One may ask why is this important to biodiversity and the people that live in the arctic , as well as elsewhere on the planet?

Bio: Deniz Viral is a research scientist at the Polar Research Institute, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (UBITAK), Maslak, Istanbul. Her two master’s degrees are in Geoscience from the University of Potsdam, Germany, and Geological Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. She was a team leader in writing the H2020 Green Deal Project EARTH-CPR, a section with its focus on lifelong learning for the development and assessment of knowledge, skills and attitudes of citizens, in particular young people, on Climate Change and sustainable development.

Her research supports advancements in permafrost research and ecosystem assessments. These data will target sustainable solutions to global warming, socio-cultural equities, and the resilience and adaptation of people and nature in Polar regions.

Biodiversity Task Force – Life on Earth


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Upcoming Meeting Schedule


Date Time UTC Time Local Presenter Topic Domain Focus

23.vI.2021 UTC 1:00pm 4 pm Turkey Deniz Vural Ecological Responses of Thaw Lakes in the Arctic Ecosystem Services

Life on Earth

ESRAG launched a Task Force to bring together the “Life on Earth” activities of ESRAG into one cohesive unit. This Biodiversity Task Force covers four great realms that can be visualized in the adjacent diagram.

  1. Biodiversity of Life : seeking to slow and stop further loss of species
  2. Ecosystem Restoration : seeking to restore ecosystem services of the web of life
  3. Sustainable Production : seeking to produce and harvest resources efficiently
  4. Environmental Resilience: seeking to establish a sustainable balance between humans and biodiversity

Biodiversity Task Force Mission

In keeping with the mission for all Rotary Action Groups, the mission of ESRAG’s Biodiversity Task Force is to explore the different avenues of service that are available to the Rotary Family, and specifically to be engaged with projects for Supporting the Environment.

The three primary actions are to:

  1. PROVIDE EDUCATION: we need to provide the best understanding of nature, the best management practices for sustainability, and the best interrelationship between humanity and the life on Earth that supports our daily existence.
  2. BUILD PARTNERSHIPS and SPONSORSHIPS: there is a multitude of organizations at all levels of society that are actively engaged in supporting “Life on Earth”, some will be our collaborators and cooperators, others will seek our volunteer support, and others will be seeking to support us.  The opportunities are endless.
  3. TRACK OUR PROGRESS: In ESRAG we call this Project Impact Reporting (PIR). This is not only the place to showcase our Rotary Action stories but also to monitor our progress on Effective Conservation, asking the question “How well are we doing?” and being able to have an evidence-based answer.


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