Museum Mensch und Natur, Munich
12.07.2019 - 06.10.2019
Museum König, Bonn
06.08.2015 - 28.01.2016
Senckenberg Naturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main
19.02.2016 - 26.06.2016
Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien
23.11.2016 - 17.04.2017
Naturerbe Zentrum, Rügen
03.07.2017 - 10.10.2017
Museum am Schölerberg, Osnabrück
05.01.2018 - 26.08.2018
Terra Mineralia, Freiberg
18.09.2018 - 27.01.2019
Besucherzentrum Wattenmeer, Wilhelmshaven
08.02.2019 - 16.06.2019
"Super interessant, liebevoll im Detail und absolut informativ. Man muss mehrfach kommen!"
"Biodiversity is life! Very nice exhibition with good interactional games."
"Spannende Inhalte, toll aufbereitet. Besonders schön, dass die Ausstellung so interaktiv ist. Für Groß und Klein interessant. Danke!"
"Aufbau, Gestaltung, Informationen - einfach toll. Wir sollten alle die Natur mehr schätzen!"
"Really nice....and highly informative and finally, that selfie in the natural backdrop was superb! Thanks a lot."
Forests are habitats and as producers of oxygen and biomass an important basis of livelihood: Except for the oceans, the forests store the most carbon dioxide in the world and produce the most oxygen. They are among the most species-rich ecosystems on earth.
This particularly applies to tropical mountain forests, which are so-called biodiversity hotspots. Compared with these, our indigenous deciduous forests are rather poor in species and characterised by beech and oak trees.
Forests provide a great variety of ecosystem “services”. One fully grown oak tree alone produces 3 billion litres of oxygen and about 4 tons of biomass, per year, filters up to 7 tons of dust from the air and 70 cubic metres of water.*
The enormous biodiversity of the tropical mountain rainforest has an important consequence: The great stability of the ecosystem. Since there are no key species amongst the trees there, as in our forests (oak, beech, spruce), the ecosystem is well balanced regarding the species composition and the mutual interaction. Even if one individual species were to disappear, the tropical mountain rainforest ecosystem remains stable and does not collapse, like a spruce forests ecosystem when infested severely by bark beetles.
On the slopes of the eastern range of the tropical Andes in South Ecuador, the entire forest has been placed unter protection with the gazetting of a national park that as a biodiversity hotspot offers a research area par excellence for ecosystem and biodiversity research.
The German Research Foundation has been sponsoring various interdisciplinary projects there since 1997, which provide valuable data about processes in this ecosystem. The research programme lead in 2013 to the establishment of a platform for biodiversity and ecosystem monitoring and research in Ecuador jointly sponsored by the German Research Foundation and its Ecuadorian partner organisation SENESCYT.