Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

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Established in 2012 by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), IPBES is intended to be a mechanism for strengthening the global science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services. It has become the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet’s biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential contributions they provide to society.

It aims to:

  • respond to government requests for information on biodiversity and ecosystem services;
  • identify and prioritize key scientific information needed for policymakers;
  • perform regular and timely, scientifically credible, independent, and peer-reviewed assessments of knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services on a comprehensive global, regional, and sub-regional scale;
  • support policy formation and implementation by identifying relevant tools and methodologies;
  • identify and create key capacity-building tools to support the use of science in policy.

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Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) website