The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) recently released a media item, entitled 'Biodiversity and Nature’s Contributions Continue Dangerous Decline, Scientists Warn'. The press release announces the launch of the IPBES Regional Assessment Reports on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service which address declining biodiversity, analysing the continents and the best possible options to recover. The press release can be read in full in the link above.
Three years in development, at a total cost of about US$5 million, the IPBES Regional Assessment Reports on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services involved the review of several thousand scientific papers, as well as extensive Government and other information sources, including indigenous and local knowledge, to arrive at conclusions about each region's land-based, freshwater and coastal biodiversity, as well as the state of ecosystem functioning and nature's contributions to people. Together they represent the most important expert contribution of the past decade to understanding of nature and its contributions to people, offering a roadmap for future action.
IPBES has today released the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of each of the four reports. The SPMs present the key messages and policy options from each assessment, as approved by the IPBES Plenary. To access the SPMs go to https://goo.gl/oJ4DRq The complete reports (inclusive of all data) will be published later this year.