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Five Major New IPBES Assessment Reports: A General Primer

The world’s biodiversity is being lost and nature’s contributions to people are being degraded, which undermines human wellbeing.

The success of humanity’s efforts to reverse the current unsustainable use of our irreplaceable natural assets and heritage requires the best-available evidence, comprehensive relevant policy options and committed, well-informed decision makers. The IPBES assessment reports serve these ends, by providing the credible peer-reviewed information needed for informed decision-making.

  • 5 Forthcoming landmark science-policy assessment reports nearing completion – will be launched in March 2018. For the relevant links, see below.
  • Best-available evidence for decision makers to make informed decisions balancing the needs of people and nature
  • Prepared by 550+ leading international experts from 100+ countries
  • 3 Years in development, at a total cost of more than US$6 million
  • 4 Assessment reports to evaluate biodiversity & nature’s contributions to people in four world regions
  • 5th Assessment report focusses on regional and global land degradation and restoration
  • Will evaluate progress (or lack thereof) on Aichi Targets & Paris Agreement & implications for SDGs
  • Will also project likely interactions between people and nature for decades into the future


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