New Independent Global Body to Push for Greater Understanding and Action on Biodiversity

Published on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 11:07
Posted by Scott Buckler

Operational modalities of the International Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be agreed at a major inter-governmental meeting in Panama City from 16-21 April 2012 – paving the way for the new body to become fully operational

The new international body is tasked with tackling the rapid decline of biodiversity worldwide by providing policy-makers with the most accurate and independent scientific information on biodiversity,  ecosystems, and their management.

Decisions on the host country and institutions of IPBES, its initiall work programme, functions and structures, as well as funding arrangements, are set to be made.

Although many organizations and initiatives contribute to improving the dialogue between policy-makers and the scientific community in this field, IPBES is established as a new global “Biodiversity Platform”, recognized by both the scientific and policy communities to address the existing gaps and strengthen the science-policy interface.

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