The IPBES launched in Busan

The recent UNEP meeting in Busan has officially recommended the establishment of an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, IPBES.

Diversitas reports:

Delegates agreed that IPBES will be established as an independent intergovernmental body, administered by one or more existing UN organisations. IPBES will respond to requests of government and also welcome suggestions from all relevant stakeholders, such as MEAs, scientific organisations, NGOs and the private sector. IPBES will perform regular and timely assessments of knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services. These assessments will be scientifically independent and peer-reviewed. IPBES will also support policy formulation and implementation, and place a major emphasis on capacity building needs to improve the science-policy interface.

The official launch will most likely take place during the 65th session of the UN General Assembly (on 20-30 September 2010).

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