Better science and knowledge for better policy on biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people in the Asia-Pacific region
On UN International Day for Biological Diversity 2017, it is important to recognize the value of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) – the global body responsible for strengthening policy through science for people and nature.
What is IPBES?
Established in 2012 by UN member States from around the world, IPBES is an independent body in a collaborative partnership with four UN agencies: UN Environment, UNDP, UNESCO and FAO. With 126 countries now members of IPBES, it is often compared to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) because of its mission to assess available knowledge from multiple disciplines to better inform decision-making in response to requests from member States. IPBES aims to become the leading scientific body for assessing the state of the planet’s biodiversity and ecosystems, as well as the essential contributions they make to people.
In January 2015, IPBES launched four landmark regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services – for Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe and Central Asia. These regional assessments are almost complete, and will be presented to Governments for approval at the sixth session of the IPBES Plenary in March 2018. You can get involved in this important global initiative by Registering as an external reviewer today! The second order drafts of the chapters of the assessment and the first order draft of its summary for policymakers are available for public peer review from 1 May to 26 June 2017.
For more information, please visit: https://wle.cgiar.org/thrive/2017/05/22/protecting-biodiversity-ensure-future-we-want link to WLE blog.