IPBES 6th Plenary Session Adopts Five Major Assessment Reports

Bonn, 23 March 2018 – Meeting in Medellín, Colombia from 17 to 24 March, the 6th session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has adopted five major assessment reports.

Three years in development and costing US$5 million, the five reports – one on regional and global land degradation and restoration and four evaluating the contributions of biodiversity and nature to people in four world regions – Africa, the Americas, Asia & the Pacific and Europe & Central Asia – have been prepared by over 550 leading international experts from more than 100 countries.

These reports cover the entire planet with the exception of the poles and the open seas and will provide important input for the comprehensive IPBES global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services which is due for release in 2019, the first such evaluation since the authoritative 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

“These reports show that biodiversity – the essential variety of life forms on Earth – is continuing to decline across the globe, reducing significantly the capacity for nature to contribute to our well-being.  Our economies, livelihoods, food security and quality of life are all at risk.  Migratory species are an important component of biodiversity, and CMS is committed to playing its role in ensuring a sustainable future for the planet and its inhabitants – human and animal alike.”

Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, CMS

The assessment reports evaluate lessons learned and progress on the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 upon which the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species has been modelled, and the associated Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the implications for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The assessments are therefore relevant to a wide range of environmental and biodiversity-related international instruments such as CMS and AEWA.


Key Points

Halting land degradation and restoring degraded land are urgent priorities if we are to protect the biodiversity and ecosystem services vital to all life on Earth and to ensure human wellbeing Africa’s extraordinary richness in biodiversity and ecosystem services, and wealth of indigenous and local knowledge, comprise a strategic asset for sustainable development in the region.

The Americas are endowed with much greater capacity for nature to contribute to people’s quality of life than the global average.

The biodiversity of the Asia Pacific region is important for providing food, water, energy, and health security, as well as cultural and spiritual fulfilment to its 4.5 billion inhabitants.

IPBES is the global science-policy platform with the task of providing the best available evidence to inform better decisions affecting nature by governments, businesses and individuals.

For more information on the five assessments, please visit the IPBES website.

Last updated on 19 April 2018