More than 90 Governments launched the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) this past weekend, creating a structure through which biodiversity science can better inform policymaking around the world. The event caps off a busy month in biodiversity, which we’ve encapsulated in our most recent Mitigation Mail newsletter.
26 April 2012 | Spring is here in the northern hemisphere, and with it comes lots of newly-budding governmental action on biodiversity and ecosystem services – of both the beneficial and the noxious varieties.
Good news first: The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has officially launched! Years in the making, the platform aims to introduce a structured, methodological approach to biodiversity science and policy the way the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) did for climate science.
“Good policy is based on good science,” said Bob Watson, who is the Chair and Chief Scientific Advistor to the UK’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in an interview posted on the IPBES web site. “IPBES will … evaluate what we know about biodiversity — i.e. ecosystems. Why are they important to human survival? what’s being degraded, what’s getting better, and what are the options to manage our ecosystems in a way that’s good for poverty alleviation, as well as the development of all humans?”
The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) also has a new Secretary, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias. Ecosystem Marketplace has an exclusive interview with Dr. Dias, who talks Aichi targets, resource mobilization, and how ‘no net loss’ and market mechanisms can fit into the CBD’s long-term strategy.
We also cover some other big policy stories this month, including biodiversity offset pilots and new assessment tools for developers in the U.K., a Supreme Court ruling on wetland compliance procedures in the US, a look at how Farm Bill budget cuts could accelerate wetland loss, and a new BSR report that benchmarks ecosystem services policy globally.
Read on for the latest in biodiversity and wetland compensation news.
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