Biodiversity underpins almost every aspect of our lives - producing food, clean water, regulating the climate and controlling disease. Yet biodiversity is being lost faster than at any other point in human history, with one million species of plants and animals threatened with extinction.
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) aims to provide a scientific basis for global decision-making on biodiversity, ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people, as well as the tools and methods to protect and sustainably use these vital natural assets. IPBES does for biodiversity what the IPCC does for climate change.
IPBES harnesses the best expertise from across all scientific disciplines and knowledge communities. We believe that community-led initiatives can provide valuable lessons to feed into decisions around biodiversity. This year, ECOLISE will be taking part as an Observer Organisation at the IPBES-10 Plenary at the end of August. In anticipation of the Plenary, we are organising this CfF session to share information about IPBES and invite you to share your thoughts on how communities can contribute to biodiversity science and policy.
This session will cover:
- What IPBES is and how individuals and community-led initiatives can get involved
- Biodiversity state of knowledge – learn about the IPBES assessments
- How community-led initiatives are taking action to tackle the biodiversity crisis
- IPBES-10 Plenary and Stakeholder Day – details and share a message you'd like to communicate at the Plenary
- Amarys Preuss, Stakeholder Engagement Team, IPBES
- Jane Feeney, biodiversity researcher and consultant
- Alessandro Gori, agroecologist and assistant coordinator at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp