Climate Change

UNEP hosts an intergovernemental negociations

Climate change and biodiversity

Té / 5 October 2009

Ecosystem health and sustainability are central to the well being of human kind. Over the past 50 years, the world has suffered an estimated 60 % decline in ecosystems services and unprecedented biodiversity loss - caused by unsustainable human activities. Biodiversity loss makes ecosystems more vulnerable to shocks and disturbances, less resilient, and less able to supply humans with critical ecosystem services.

There is growing global consensus that strengthening the interrelations between science and policy at all levels is necessary to face the magnitude and complexity of the challenge.

Over 300 delegates from about 100 countries will gather from 5 to 9 October 2009 to participate in the 2nd Ad-hoc Intergovernmental and Multi-Stakeholder Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Over the course of five days, delegates will discuss the development of a mechanism to provide periodic, timely and policy-relevant scientific information covering the full range of biodiversity and ecosystem service issues to governments and the broader development community in support of policy development and decision-making.

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