This week Adriana De Palma, postdoc on the PREDICTS project, is at the 14th Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of the Parties (COP 14) that this year is held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 17 - 29 November 2018. The conference is attended by decision makers from more than 190 countries that will work to step up efforts to halt the biodiversity loss and protect the ecosystems that support food and water security and health for billions of people.