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Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Established

May 8, 2012. On April 21, 2012, after nearly decade of negotiations, more than 90 nations from around the world agreed to establish an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).  IPBES will likely function similarly to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) by providing a government-supported interface between the scientific community and policy makers regarding issues surrounding the protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and by building capacity for and strengthen the use of science in policy making.  This will be the first global mechanism that brings information regarding biodiversity and ecosystem services together, synthesizes that information, and provides analyses of that information for decision makers.  SCB has been an active participant and contributor to many of the negotiations focusing on the establishment of IPBES for many years.

A full recap of the Panama meeting, as well as an analysis of what the establishment of IPBES means for SCB can be found HERE.

The full press release from the United Nations Environmental Program, with a statement by Carolyn Lundquist from SCB, regarding the establishment of IPBES can be found HERE.

Read SCB's Position Paper for the April 2012 meeting HERE.

More information on SCB's involvement with IPBES can be found HERE.