Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and Ramsar Convention sign Memorandum of Cooperation

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and Ramsar Convention sign Memorandum of Cooperation

9 March 2017

The signing took place during the fifth session of the Platform's Plenary (IPBES-5) which is being held from 7 to 10 March 2017, in Bonn, Germany.

The Platform’s objective 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. The Memorandum of Cooperation with IPBES is relevant to bridge the gap between science and policy which is essential for wetlands conservation.

"We are very happy this morning to sign this Memorandum of Cooperation with the Ramsar Convention. We see our two missions as very complementary”, said Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of the IPBES Secretariat. “IPBES is a mechanism which is focused on science, on bringing together experts to produce reports that synthesize, in the best way, available science. Ramsar focus is on the policy side and needs to be supported by strong and robust science.”

“On behalf of Ramsar Secretary General, Martha Rojas-Urrego, we are very pleased to participate in the IPBES meeting and sign this important memorandum”, said Maria Rivera, Ramsar Senior Advisor for Americas. “For Ramsar Contracting Parties is very important to enhance this collaboration with the Intergovernmental Platform. Some of the areas of common interest are the global and regional assessment for the Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, this cooperation will be relevant to support the implementation of the Ramsar Strategic Plan and to enhance the science-policy interface between both Secretariats."