• Helen Avery

UPDATED: IPBES nature crisis report released

Today the Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, or IPBES, issued a summary of its report on the state of nature, ecosystems and nature's contributions to people. It is the first report of this type since 2005 and has been prepared by 150 leading international experts from 50 countries, with additional contributions from a further 250 experts.

Diplomats from some 130 nations gathered in Paris last week to review the 1800-page report and summary.

Three years in development, at a total cost of more than US$2.4 million, the IPBES Global Assessment draws on nearly 15,000 references, including scientific papers and government information. It is also the first global assessment ever to systematically examine and include indigenous and local knowledge, issues and priorities.

The Guardian website has a good overview of the report here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/06/human-society-under-urgent-threat-loss-earth-natural-life-un-report

More details on the report can be found on the IPBES website here: https://www.ipbes.net/

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