The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES, established in 2012) is a knowledge platform for the United Nations member countries for connecting science and policy. It deals specifically with assessing the state of biodiversity as well as ecosystems and their services.

Its working programme consists  of four objectives:

  • To strengthen the capacity and knowledge foundations of the science-policy interface
  • To reconnect science and policy in the fields of biodiversity and ecosystem services on the local, regional and global levels
  • To develop methodologies for knowledge transfer and its successful incorporation into biodiversity policy
  • To communicate the Platform’s activities, its deliverables and findings and promote science-policy knowledge transfer and cooperation

Rik Leemans on IPBES, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services:

[youtube width=”540″ height=”320″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSHYqGxKNVc[/youtube]

Governance: United Nations

Members: IPBES Members list

Website: http://www.ipbes.net/



Background Information on Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Human Wellbeing

Key facts and figures on biodiversity and ecosystem services

A Breakthrough Approach to Addressing the Causes of Biodiversity Loss (IPBES press release)