New Intergovernemental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) approved in Busan, Korea, 7-11 June
Delegates from close to 90 countries gathered last week in Busan, Korea, to approve the formation of an independent platform to conduct periodic assessments of the diversity of life on earth and its ecosystem services.
The representatives of governments acknowledged the current loss of terrestrial, marine and coastal, and inland water biodiversity and ecosystem services. The conclusions and recommendations of the Busan meeting highlight the need to strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services at all levels. The new platform should support policy formulation and implementation by identifying policy-relevant tools and methodologies and by collaborating with developing countries as well as balanced regional representation to ensure clear, scientifically credible processes for the exchange, sharing and use of data.
A draft version of the Busan outcomes can be found here.
After the delegates' green light in Busan, the project will be presented at the 65th session of the UN General Assembly in September. IPBES should be endorsed during the next Governing Council meeting of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya, in February 2011.
Once operational, IPBES will take requests for information or reports not only from governments but also from biodiversity-related conventions such as the Ramsar Convention, and from other environmental organizations and academic societies.