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BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES ON THE GLOBAL STAGE: IPBES AND YOU
The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established in April 2012, as an independent intergovernmental body open to all member countries of the United Nations. Its members are committed to building IPBES as the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems, and the essential services they provide to society. The first IPBES plenary was held on the site of its Secretariat, Bonn, Germany, in January 2013.
In order to encourage the engagement of the U.S. scientific community, the session "Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on the Global Stage: IPBES and You" was held on August 7, 2013 at the Ecological Society of America Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The session speakers discussed the changing landscape in global environmental science initiatives, presented the latest updates in the IPBES process, and shared current and future opportunities for input. In addition, they discussed ways to broadly engage the U.S scientific community and other stakeholders, such as business coalitions and the engineering community.
Harold Mooney, Stanford University
Douglas Beard, U.S. Geological Survey
Heather Tallis, The Nature Conservancy
2012 ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA CONFERENCE IN PORTLAND, OREGON
Bringing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science to Global Policy Making, and Oral Session
USNC DIVERSITAS organized a session as a means to introduce the Intergovernmental Science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) to the segment of the scientific community represented by ESA, and to begin to engage them in contributing to this important science-policy initiative. Like IPCC, it is being established with the intention of ensuring that the best available science is made available to Governments and decision makers. This session is designed to both educate and update the ESA community on the plans for the IPBES and explore opportunities for involving individuals from that community in the IPBES assessment process.
USNC DIVERSITAS HOSTS IPBES PUBLIC FORUM, ALFRED NOBEL HALL OF THE HOUSE OF SWEDEN, WASHINGTON, DC, NOVEMBER 29, 2011
The Intergovernmental Science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is designed to be an interface between the global scientific community and policymakers that aims at building capacity for and strengthening the use of science in policymaking. This public forum was designed to inform and update the Washington science and policy communities on the rationale and plans for the IPBES, describe the progress at the first IPBES plenary session, and explore opportunities for scientists, scientific societies, and NGOs to contribute to both the shaping and the execution of IPBES, in order to maximize its value for both scientific understanding and policy formulation. DIVERSITAS was designated by ICSU to represent the science community in those sessions. The U.S. National Committee for DIVERSITAS, chaired by Peter Raven, was funded by NSF to work with relevant scientific organizations to educate and engage the U.S. science community with regard to the IPBES. This informational public forum and the discussions with the audience were the first steps in the USNC’s process.
DARWIN SYMPOSIUM HIGHLIGHTED BIODIVERSITY POLICY
The USNC/DIVERSITAS and the Board on International Scientific Organizations convened “Twenty-first Century Ecosystems: Systemic Risk and the Public Good,” a symposium on the Science and Policy for Managing the Living World Two Centuries after the birth of Charles Darwin on February 11-12, 2009 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The symposium focused on opportunities for designing policies that strengthen and make use of biodiversity and ecosystem services as well as the dangers of pursuing policies that put ecosystems at risk.
The USNC/DIVERSITAS thanks the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Geological Survey (USGS), US Forest Service (USFS), Smithsonian Institution, Defenders of Wildlife, IUCN, and DIVERSITAS International for their support of the Symposium. View symposium agenda and watch presentations.
This material is based upon work that was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number EF-1148835. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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