Launch of the First Brazilian National Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

“Biodiversity is not a problem, it’s a solution!” This is the key message of the “First Brazilian Assessment and Ecosystems Services” for policy makers. The Assessment Report was launched in Rio de Janeiro, on 8th November 2018, just nine days before the start of the 14th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held in Egypt from 17th to 29th November 2018.   

The assessment highlights the importance of Brazil’s conservation and sustainable use of environmental assets and their contribution to the socio-economic development. Brazil is considered the holder of the greatest biodiversity on the planet and plays a central role in macro-discussions. Decline of its biological wealth therefore, has a large impact beyond its borders. The report aims to support decision-making in the public and private spheres. Nature provides ecosystem services that sustain life on the planet, such as clean water, fresh air, food, energy, pollination and protection against natural disasters. In effect, loss of biodiversity has great impact on the quality of life. 

The report presents the main results consolidated in the first assessment, prepared by a group of more than 120 researchers gathered in the Brazilian Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystems (BPBES). It was signed by more than 100 scientists.

Download the report here (Portuguese):

Read the official press release here: