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#IPBES6 to launch five major biodiversity assessments

Experts will convene with policymakers from more than 115 countries in Medellín, Colombia from 17-26 March to finalise landmark reports from five major expert assessments, focused on biodiversity, nature's contributions to people and issues of land degradation and restoration.
#IPBES6 to launch five major biodiversity assessments
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An estimated 750 delegates will participate in the sixth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (#IPBES6), chaired by Sir Robert Watson.

"Taken together, these five peer-reviewed assessment reports represent the single most important expert contribution to our global understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem services of the past decade," said Watson. The assessments will provide unprecedented insights into the status of global biodiversity and land quality, both of which are essential to quality of life and healthy, productive ecosystems.

Informing better decisions about nature

Often called 'the IPCC for biodiversity', IPBES is the global science-policy platform tasked with providing the best-available evidence to inform better decisions about nature. The reports being launched at #IPBES6 were completed over three years by 550 scientists and experts from more than 100 countries.

Four of the studies present the state of biodiversity and nature's contributions to people in the Americas; Asia and the Pacific; Africa; Europe and Central Asia. The fifth assessment report assesses the global problem of land degradation and available remedies. The five reports will be key inputs to a comprehensive IPBES global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services, due for release in 2019, the first such global evaluation since the 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

In addition to helping decision makers evaluate lessons learned and progress on major global development commitments - such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Paris Agreement on climate change - the reports will also provide vital information for setting biodiversity targets for the period after 2020.
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