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IPBES to launch reports on biodiversity, ecosystem services, land degradation

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) says it will launch five assessment reports at the 6th IPBES Plenary session (IPBES6) scheduled to hold in Medellin, Colombia from March 17 to 26, 2018.

Dr. Anne Larigauderie - IPBES
Dr. Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

The assessment reports, according to IPBES, were prepared over three years by more than 550 leading international experts from over 100 countries at a cost of over $6 million.

Four Regional Assessment reports, it was gathered, describe the state of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Africa, and Europe and Central Asia. It will be launched on Friday, March 23, 2018.

A fifth IPBES report describes the state of land degradation and restoration at regional and global levels. This will be launched on Monday, March 26, 2018.

Often called “the IPCC for biodiversity”, the Bonn, Germany-based IPBES is the global science-policy platform tasked with providing the best-available evidence to inform better decisions affecting nature.

Representatives of 128 IPBES member Governments at IPBES6 are expected to approve the five peer-reviewed reports, which make important contributions to contemporary knowledge of the state of biodiversity, ecosystem services and land degradation around the world.

French ecologist, Dr. Anne Larigauderie, is the Executive Secretary of IPBES.

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