Sustainable Use and Conservation of Biodiversity

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IPBES - An introduction for stakeholders
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The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body which assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers.The objective of IPBES is to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. In other words IPBES wants to provide a scientific basis for global environmental decision making in order to allow that decisions are made on the best knowledge available. With this objective IPBES plays a similar role for global environmental agreements as the IPCC plays for the UN Climate Framework Convention.

As the word ‘intergovernmental’ expresses, IPBES is a body between member states. Nevertheless, to fulfill its tasks, IPBES depends on the work of individual scientists and experts from different disciplines, including natural sciences and social sciences. The reports provided by IPBES try to compile as much knowledge as possible on a given topic, stemming from different knowledge systems as e.g. scientific knowledge and indigenous and local knowledge, published in different sources like peer reviewed literature or grey literature and in different languages.


Document language: 
Dr Axel Paulsch
Organization producing the document: 
German Institute for Biodiversity Network (IBN)
Thematic area: 
Sustainable Use and Conservation of Biodiversity

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