[Ipbes-stakeholder] Fwd: Five major new biodiversity assessments to be launched as 750 world experts and policymakers meet

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*Five Major New Biodiversity Assessments to be Launched as 750 World
Experts *
*and Policymakers Meet*

*Colombia hosts 6th session of IPBES Plenary - March 17-24; *
*After three years of work by 550 experts worldwide, four reports on
regional biodiversity, one on land degradation scheduled for approval; *
*Member States will also consider future IPBES work*

*Medellin*, *Colombia* -- Beginning with an official opening ceremony to be
addressed by the President of Colombia on Saturday, leading experts from
around the world will convene here for eight days with policymakers from
more than 115 countries to finalize landmark reports from five major expert
assessments, focused on biodiversity, nature's contributions to people and
issues of land degradation and restoration.

An estimated 750 delegates will participate in the sixth session of the
Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity
and Ecosystem Services (#IPBES6), chaired by Sir Robert Watson, at the
Intercontinental Hotel, Medellín, from 17-26 March.

"Taken together, these five peer-reviewed assessment reports represent the
single most important expert contribution to our global understanding of
biodiversity and ecosystem services of the past decade," said Watson. The
assessments will provide unprecedented insights into the status of global
biodiversity and land quality, both of which are essential to quality of
life and healthy, productive ecosystems.

Often called 'the IPCC for biodiversity,' IPBES is the global
science-policy platform tasked with providing the best-available evidence
to inform better decisions about nature.

The reports being launched at #IPBES6 were completed over three years by
550 scientists and experts from more than 100 countries.

Four of the studies present the state of biodiversity and nature's
contributions to people in the Americas; Asia and the Pacific; Africa;
Europe and Central Asia. The launch of these regional assessments will be
webcast live with Spanish interpretation, and can be viewed online at
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The fifth assessment report assesses the global problem of land degradation
and available remedies. This launch will also be webcast live with Spanish
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The five reports will be key inputs to a comprehensive IPBES global
assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services, due for release
in 2019, the first such global evaluation since the authoritative 2005
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

In addition to helping decision makers evaluate lessons learned and
progress on major global development commitments - such as the Sustainable
Development Goals, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Paris Agreement
on climate change - the reports will also provide vital information for
setting biodiversity targets for the period after 2020.

"Biodiversity and nature's contributions are essential to sustain the
economic well-being, food security and quality of life of all people," said
Watson. "As one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth, Colombia
provides the ideal setting for #IPBES6, and we thank the Government and
people of Colombia for extending their warm and generous hospitality for
these vital global discussions."

The IPBES Plenary session and the release of the five reports takes place
in a week of major global environmental events:

*19 March*: Launch of the World Water Development Report (UN Water and
UNESCO)
*20 March*: International Day of Happiness (linking to values of nature
beyond material goods)
*21 March*: International Day of Forests
*22 March*: World Water Day, and the launch of the UN International Decade
for Action 'Water for Sustainable Development' (2018-2028)
*23 March*: Launch of the four IPBES regional assessments of biodiversity
and ecosystem services and World Meteorological Day (with strong links to
both climate change and biodiversity)
*24 March*: Earth Hour (20:30 local time worldwide, with WWF and the
Convention on Biological Diversity)
*26 March*: Launch of the IPBES assessment report on land degradation and
restoration

Speaking about the confluence of so many important environmental
activities, the Executive Secretary of IPBES, Dr. Anne Larigauderie said:
"There is a rising awareness of the need for nature and the environment to
be at the heart of all development planning - IPBES is proud to be able to
offer decision makers around the world evidence they need for better
policies and more effective action for the sustainable future we want."

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*For more information about the assessment reports:*

*General Primer* http://bit.ly/2yDfP5j
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*Land Degradation and Restoration* http://bit.ly/2xUFE3H
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*The Americas* http://bit.ly/2yDv0eM
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*Africa* http://bit.ly/2hJGfzu
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*Asia-Pacific* http://bit.ly/2hJ2Hsx
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*Europe and Central Asia* http://bit.ly/2g582GE
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*Related media releases:*

The IPBES 2016 assessment report on pollinators:
Pollinators Vital to Our Food Supply Under Threat http://bit.ly/2sq6gbQ
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