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The National Academy of Sciences is the U.S. National Committee for DIVERSITAS, an international program of biodiversity science.

WHAT'S NEW                                                                                                            

DIVERSITAS Included in New International Program: Future Earth
Future Earth is a 10–year international program on Earth system research for global sustainability, which will bring together several existing programs on global environmental change, including DIVERSITAS. Future Earth will be an international hub to coordinate new, interdisciplinary approaches to research on three themes: Dynamic Planet, Global Development and Transformation towards Sustainability. It will also be a platform for international engagement to ensure that knowledge is generated in partnership with society and users of science. It is open to scientists of all disciplines, natural and social, as well as engineering, the humanities and law.

More information can be found on the Future Earth website and the North American Regional Consultation for Future Earth page. Future Earth can also be found on Twitter @FutureEarth.

Future Earth to Have Globally Distributed Secretariat
Future Earth will have a new Secretariat, with a unique and innovative structure that spans three continents, as announced by the International Council for Science on behalf of the members of the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability (the Alliance). The new Secretariat comprises five global hubs, which will function as a single entity. They are located in the United States (Colorado), Canada (Montreal), France (Paris), Japan (Tokyo), and Sweden (Stockholm). For more details, please consult the ICSU website.

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on the Global Stage: IPBES and You
The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has started its operations. To date, IPBES counts 109 member countries. The first IPBES plenary was held on the site of its Secretariat, Bonn, Germany, in January 2013. With the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel in place, and the first intersession period underway, the U.S. can begin engaging its scientific community as full participants in the process.
In order to encourage this engagement, 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

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 (Description taken from National Academies Press.)

Membership of the USNC
Activities and Events
Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosytem Services
DIVERSITAS International Website



Annual Report 2012-13

Strategic Plan Phase II (2002-2010)


International Organizations and Biodiversity

The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Science-Policy Interface 

Biodiversity improves water quality through niche partitioning


Ester Sztein, Assistant Director
Pam Gamble, Administrative Associate

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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