New international panel on biodiversity and ecosystems takes shape

A new body will produce assessments on the science of biodiversity and ecosystems, similar to IPCC reports on climate change. It aims to give governments more information and options for combating biodiversity loss

The UN will set up an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) after representatives from 85 governments meeting in Busan, South Korea agreed to the plan.1

UN environment programme (UNEP) chief Achim Steiner called it a “major breakthrough” on organising a global response to the destruction of biodiversity and habitats, a cause which has so far met with limited success (ENDS Report 424, pp 48-49).

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