IPBES to Launch First Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Since 2005

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) launched the primer of their upcoming Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services today at COP14 in Egypt.

The report, which is scheduled for public launch in May 2019, will offer an integrated overview of where the world stands in relation to key international goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Paris Agreement on climate change. It examines causes of biodiversity and ecosystem change, the implications for people, policy options and likely future pathways over the next three decades if current trends continue. It is the first such report since the landmark Millennium Ecosystem Assessment was published in 2005, and the first ever that is intergovernmental.

The report will be finalized and considered at the seventh session of the IPBES Plenary (#IPBES7, 29 April – 4 May 2019). Representatives of 130 Governments will be presented, for discussion and possible approval, with a definitive new global synthesis of the state of nature, ecosystems and nature’s contributions to people. A detailed ‘Summary for Policy Makers’ of the report, highlighting key messages, findings and options is scheduled for public launch at UNESCO world headquarters, Paris, Monday, 6 May 2019.

Often described as the ‘IPCC for Biodiversity’, IPBES is the global science-policy forum tasked with providing the best available evidence to all decision-makers for people and nature.

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