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Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)


The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) aims to contribute to efforts to preserve biodiversity so that our planet’s ecosystems can be sustained. Overall, IPBES will be an interface between the scientific community and policy makers with the aim to build capacity for and strengthen the use of science in policy making. The ultimate goal of the IPBES is to provide policy-makers with independent scientific Information as a sound basis on which to make their decisions.

The work of IPBES will require contributions from thousands of scientists from around the globe in the fields of natural and social sciences,and indigenous and local knowledge. They will work together to synthesize cuttingedge scientific information and produce tools in order to support the creation of the best possible policies.

After years of international negotiations, IPBES was established in Panama City, Panama, in April 2012. In August 2014 it counted 119 member states. It is open to all member countries of the UN. The platform is called upon to assist governments and the public to better understand the trends and challenges facing the natural world and humanity in the 21st century, and thus promote human wellbeing and sustainable development through the sustainable use of biodiversity.

Biodiversity from terrestrial, marine, coastal, and inland water ecosystems provides the basis for ecosystems and the services they provide that underpin human well-being. However, biodiversity and ecosystem services are declining at an unprecedented rate, while the world failed to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010.

The second session of the Plenary of IPBES, held in Turkey, adopted a collaborative partnership arrangement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The arrangement is intended to provide a framework for collaborationbetween the four UN bodies and IPBES, recognizing the anticipated roles of each of them in providing specific support to IPBES. The partnership agreement and the full participation of the UN bodies in IPBES will improve the dialogue between policy-makers and the scientific community on the critical role of biodiversity and ecosystem services. By representing the environment, the sciences, education, food and agriculture, development, and capacity-building, they will bring a range of expertise to support decision and policy-making.

(Source: Common Information Unit of the UN Organizations in Bonn)

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