IPBES Panel Discussion
On November 14th, 2013 the French Embassy in Washington, DC hosted a panel discussion in advance of the Second Plenary Meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Learn more about event details.
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on the Global Stage: IPBES and you
The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is now starting its operations. To date, IPBES counts 109 member countries and has held the first IPBES plenary in Bonn, Germany (also the site of its Secretariat) in January 2013. With the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel in place, and the first intersession period underway, the U.S. needs to engage its scientific community as full participants in the process. The session speakers will discuss the changing landscape in global environmental science initiatives, present the latest updates in the IPBES process, share current and future opportunities for input, and discuss ways to broadly engage the U.S scientific community and other stakeholders, such as business coalitions and the engineering community, in preparation for the December 2013 second IPBES plenary in Antalya, Turkey. This session will include an extensive question and answer period. This session will be held at the Ecological Society of America Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To learn more about this session, please visit here.
Harold Mooney, Stanford University
Douglas Beard, U.S. Geological Survey
Heather Tallis, The Nature Conservancy
DIVERSITAS involved in the Rio+20 process
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Earth Summit 2012, or “Rio+20” took place 4-6 June 2012. Alongside governments, there were nine stakeholder 'Major Groups' participating in the conference: Indigenous Peoples, Farmers, Workers & Trade Unions, Local Authorities, Business and Industry, Science and Technology Community, Women, Children & Youth, NGOs. ICSU and the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) were co-organizing partners for the Science and Technology Community. DIVERSITAS was invited to contribute to Rio+20 through ICSU. The major contribution of DIVERSITAS to Rio+20 was via co-organizing the Planet under Pressure OSC2012 conference. In this context, a series of white papers and policy briefs were prepared prior to the conference, and fed into the Rio+20 preparatory process. The outcome of OSC 2012 was presented at Rio+20. DIVERSITAS was also involved in the organization of the ICSU-UNESCO Regional science and technology workshops and the Forum on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development.
Twenty-First Century Ecosystems: Managing the Living World Two Centuries After Darwin (2011)
The two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, February 12, 2009, occurred at a critical time for the United States and the world. In honor of Darwin's birthday, the National Research Council appointed a committee under the auspices of the U.S. National Committee (USNC) for DIVERSITAS to plan a Symposium on Twenty-first Century Ecosystems. The purpose of the symposium was to capture some of the current excitement and recent progress in scientific understanding of ecosystems, from the microbial to the global level, while also highlighting how improved understanding can be applied to important policy issues that have broad. To learn more about this publication, please visit http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13109.
Description taken from National Academies Press.