This Week In Biodiversity: New Beginnings
The newly formed Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has wrapped up its first plenary and named its first head and a new report analyzes opportunities and barriers for biodiversity offsets in the EU. Meanwhile, PUMA has released results from its natural capital methodology and the Global Nature Fund's Joost Baker discusses private sector engagement.
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7 February 2013
This month's Mitmail brings you lots of new beginnings. After an up-and-down year for biodiversity in 2012, businesses, decision-makers, and practitioners all seem to be asking: what's next for biodiversity and ecosystem services?
Nowhere is this question bigger than for the newly-formed Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which aims to do for biodiversity and ecosystems what the IPCC did for carbon. IPBES is still getting its feet underneath it: the platform has just wrapped up its first plenary,
appointed its first head Zakri Abdul Hamid, and is aiming to finalize staffing, operations, and a work program by the end of 2013. We wish it luck.
Finally, a new report
considers the opportunities and barriers for biodiversity offsets in the EU. There are plenty of both the former and the latter, and the authors suggest that moving quickly on legislative frameworks will be essential if the EU is to meet its ambitious "no net loss" goals.
—The Ecosystem Marketplace Team
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