What is IPBES?
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body, established by member States in 2012. It provides policymakers with objective scientific assessments about the state of knowledge regarding the planet’s biodiversity, ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people, as well as the tools and methods to protect and sustainably use these vital natural assets.
Its mission is to strengthen knowledge foundations for better policy through science, for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. Source: IPBES
The mission of IPBES 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.
IPBES was established with four agreed functions:
Deliver global, regional and thematic assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services
Knowledge generation catalysis
Catalyse efforts to generate new knowledge
Policy support tools
Identify policy relevant tools/methodologies, facilitate their use, and promote and catalyse their further development
Prioritize key capacity building needs, and provide and call for financial and other support to address them