Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) approves five new reports in March 2018
From 17 March, 128 IPBES member states will come together in Colombia to approve five reports assessing the worldwide status of biological diversity. Among the 550 international experts are five scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).
Four of the reports assess the status of nature and biological diversity as well as their role in the well-being of populations in regional assessments focusing on four regions in the world – America, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Europe & Central Asia. The fifth report addresses the topic of depreciation in land quality (land degradation).
The analyses cover a period of several centuries, but also provide a picture of probable future scenarios. To achieve this, the experts have viewed and assessed thousands of scientific publications and other forms of knowledge from local and indigenous groups.
UFZ scientists are involved in three of the five reports currently being presented in different roles:
Regional Assessment for “Europe and Central Asia”:
Biodiversity and Nature’s Contributions Continue Dangerous Decline, Scientists Warn:
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Regional Assessment Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services in “Asia and the Pacific”
Thematic Assessment on “Land Degradation and Renaturation”
Alongside Dr. Jenny Hauck, Dr. Matthias Schröter, Dr. Kristina Raab, Prof. Josef Settele and Prof. Aletta Bonn, two other UFZ experts are currently active in the IPBES Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in different roles: