IPBES on the public radar screen

“The impacts are what matter for climate change - flooding of deltas, drought, heat in the city, not the fact that the temperature rises. When biodiversity is concerned, it is a fairly unexplored topic," thinks Lucien Chabason from the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), one of the experts quoted in the recent media article on the IPBES establishment.

Lao researchers take a look at a smallholder rubber plantation outside Jinghong, Xishuangbanna.

The AFP article published in the French media explains the need for IPBES for a larger audience and highlights the opinions of a number of experts, including those from IUCN Members.

So far there has been very little media interest in this new platform, which has mostly communicated to experts. National consultations are just starting  to raise attention of the scientific communities around the world, while the public interest in IPBES is also slowly growing.

The full article Animaux et végétaux menacés comptent sur la science pour faire enfin la "Une" can be accessed on the LaDepeche.fr website (in French). 

Source: AFP 2012/ LaDepeche.fr

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