IPBES: a platform for intergovernmental action on biodiversity

A global gloom-and-doom report, or an opportunity to make a real difference?

Panama, April 2012 – a new intergovernmental platform is born, and this one aims to make a real difference to the plight of our declining biodiversity. The baby in this case is called IPBES, and while its coming has been much hyped in some circles, to the average person on the street it’s just another acronym. Give it time
and a bit of respect, however, and that should change.

IPBES stands for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. It will provide an interface between the scientific community and policymakers, and aims at strengthening the use of science in policymaking. Its role will be to assess global and regional trends in biodiversity and associated ecosystem services, analyse their causes, and explore possible future changes.

IPBES will have many parallels with the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), which provides regular assessments that bring together the best data and models on climate change. The IPCC also began as a bit of an anonymous acronym, and yet over time it has had an enormous impact in influencing policy…




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