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. IPBES is placed under the auspices of four United Nations entities: UNEP, UNESCO, FAO and UNDP and administered by UNEP. Its secretariat is hosted by the German government and located on the UN campus, in Bonn, Germany. One thousand scientists from all over the world currently contribute to the work of IPBES on a voluntary basis. They are nominated by their government or an organisation, and selected by the MEP. Peer review forms a key component of the work of IPBES to ensure that a range of views is reflected in its work, and that the work is complete to the highest scientific standards.
The mission 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.
Why IPBES matters
Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides are being depleted at unprecedented rates. Every day, governments and other actors around the world are making decisions which affect the biosphere with profound implications for ecosystem services and human well-being. The knowledge needed to shed light on the consequences at local, regional or global scales of these various decisions often lacks relevance, is incomplete and/or not accessible to decision makers. IPBES contributes to bridging this gap by providing a mechanism recognized by both the scientific and policy communities to synthesize, review, assess, critically evaluate and deliver relevant knowledge generated worldwide by governments, academia, scientific organizations, non-governmental organizations and indigenous communities. IPBES is unique in that it harnesses the power of the scientific community and other knowledge holding communities, in response to requests from decision makers, thus strengthening the dialogue between these communities, increasing the delivery of policy-relevant knowledge and, ultimately, catalyzing the formulation of knowledge-based policies.
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