Climate change and changing land use along with demographic and economic developments are all exerting growing pressure on fresh water resources. At the same time, increasing demand is leading to shortages and land-use conflicts. This results in considerable risks to society and ecosystems.
More than half of the anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions in Germany are directly or indirectly influenced by private households. The decarbonisation of our carbon-based economy and society requires the transformation of infrastructures and production systems as well as far-reaching changes in consumption patterns, lifestyles, and everyday life practices.
Biological diversity is of vital importance to the provision of ecosystem services such as drinking water or food. Biodiversity also has a recreational value for society and offers valuable aesthetic aspects. Making a direct link to human wellbeing, the concept of ecosystem services reflects this wide variety – including economic, ecologic, cultural, and social services.