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The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES): progress and next steps
- Schmeller, Dirk S., Bridgewater, Peter
- Biodiversity and conservation 2016 v.25 no.5 pp. 801-805
- United Nations, biodiversity, ecosystem services, ecosystems, human population, humans, people
- Biodiversity and the services ecosystems provide have built the foundation of human civilization and provide for the welfare of people. With the increase of the human population it has become clearer than ever that the human exploitation of our natural resources leads to detrimental interactions between ecological and sociological systems. Only concerted and global actions will be able to reverse ongoing biodiversity loss. In response to these needs, the United Nations agreed the establishment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in 2010. Here, we report on the progress IPBES has made since its inception, and suggest how the scientific community can engage with this important science-policy interface.