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IPBES established: "Today, biodiversity won"

IMG 8791-lbIPBES was established by more than 90 Governments in Panama City on Saturday 21 April, after several years of international negotiations.

“Today, biodiversity won”, said the chair of the meeting, Sir Robert Watson, Chief Scientific Advisor of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom. “Biodiversity and ecosystem services are essential for human wellbeing. This platform will generate the knowledge and build the capacity to protect them for this and future generations.”

The German city of Bonn won the bid to host the secretariat of the new independent body.

Fore more information, see:
- the full press release in English and Spanish;
- IISD's coverage of the meeting and the ENB summary report for the meeting.