Biodiversity – the essential variety of life forms on Earth – continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature’s capacity to contribute to people’s well-being. This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere, according to four landmark science reports released today, written by more than 550 leading experts, from over 100 countries.
On 20 December 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 20 May of each year as World Bee Day.
To freely access the full text of the article in the 19 January 2018 edition of Science please use these links: (NB: Only available once published by Science and only free if accessed from this page on the IPBES website)
While solutions to climate change remain elusive, at least the world's policymakers have demonstrated an understanding for the risks posed by rising temperatures. Unfortunately, there is no similar awareness of the threat posed by biodiversity loss – a shortcoming that scientists are urgently seeking to rectify. access it here: https://goo.gl/QP3ie3
A new article co-authored by the Co-Chair of the IPBES MEP, Marie Stenseke, and the IPBES Executive Secretary, Anne Lariguaderie: "The role, importance and challenges of social sciences and humanities in the work of IPBES" - access it here: https://goo.gl/5mn92C
__Ordos, China__ – Leading world experts today in China presented an update on the first comprehensive evidence-based assessment of global land degradation and restoration, to be launched next March by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES).
Experts are invited to participate in the external review of the four IPBES regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services (for Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia) and the thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration. IPBES aims to finalize these five assessments at the sixth session of the IPBES Plenary, in March 2018.
Media release about new expert article published in Ecology Letters building on the IPBES Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production
The keynote message at the opening of the 5th IPBES Plenary session highlighted the complex links between action on climate change and protection of biodiversity.
Bonn (IPBES Media) – In 2005, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) changed the way we look at our world. The IPBES Global Assessment, to be finalized in early 2019, is the scientific successor to the MA. Its findings will be the basis for national and international decision-making by Governments, the private sector and civil society over the next decade and beyond – providing the science to underpin success of the new Sustainable Development Goals.
Bonn (IPBES Media) – Pollination and the protection of pollinators are among the key issues of focus at the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13), currently underway in Cancun, Mexico – with a draft decision expected to be negotiated by the COP today, building on the recent publication of the Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, IPES (www.ipbes.net).
Remarks by Dr. Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of IPBES at the UN Talk, Celebrating UN Day and 20 Years of the UN in Bonn, Germany, 28 October 2016
The scoping report for a possible future assessment of the sustainable use of biodiversity by IPBES is open for review from 5 September 2016 until 2 October 2016. The document will then be revised by the experts and submitted for consideration by IPBES-5 in March 2016. Letter of invitation and template for response are here.
The IPBES task force and technical support unit on capacity-building are pleased to invite you to attend the third webinar of the IPBES Webinar Series. The webinar will take place 14:00-15:00 CEST, Thursday 23 June 2016. In this webinar, we will partner with Professor Simon Potts, co-chair of the IPBES Thematic Assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, who will give a presentation on “The IPBES Pollination Report”.
The secretariat invites all expert reviewers with relevant knowledge and/or experience to register to review one or more chapters of the land degradation and restoration assessment. Interested reviewers are requested to fill the registration form for external reviewers.
The advance English version of the report of the 4th Plenary of IPBES is available here
IPBES invites the nomination of experts for Deliverable 2(c): Global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services and Deliverable 3(biii): Sustainable Use of Biodiversity. For more information and the application form, please click here. Deadline is 05 May 2016.