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SCAM ALERT: Coming Soon: The ‘IPCC for Biodiversity’ – ‘On May 6, long-awaited assessment of State of Nature will be released’ — Stay tuned to hear what it concludes’ – Answer? We are all going to die! Pay up!

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform
on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
Information Alert:
IPBES to Launch First Global Assessment Report on
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Since 2005: A Primer
“The loss of species, ecosystems and genetic diversity is already a global and generational threat to human well-being.
Protecting the invaluable contributions of nature to people will be the defining challenge of decades to come. Policies,
efforts and actions – at every level – will only succeed, however, when based on the best knowledge and evidence. This
is what the IPBES Global Assessment provides.”
– Sir Robert Watson, IPBES Chair.
In May 2019, representatives of 130 Governments will be presented, for discussion and possible approval, with a
definitive new global synthesis of the state of nature, ecosystems and nature’s contributions to people – the first such
report since the landmark Millennium Ecosystem Assessment was published in 2005, and the first ever that is
Prepared by 150 leading international experts from 50 countries, balancing representation from the natural and social
sciences, with additional contributions from a further 250 experts, working with the Intergovernmental Science-Policy
Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
will inform better policies and actions in the coming decade.
The report will be finalized and considered at the seventh session of the IPBES Plenary (#IPBES7, 29 April – 4 May 2019).
A detailed ‘Summary for Policy Makers’ of the report, highlighting key messages, findings and options is scheduled for
public launch at UNESCO world headquarters, Paris, Monday, 6 May 2019, to be webcast live (available at at 13:00 CEST (07:00 US EDT/11:00 GMT – check for other times worldwide here:
Three years in development, at a total cost of more than US$2.4 million, the IPBES Global Assessment draws on nearly
15,000 references, including scientific papers and government information. It is also the first global assessment ever to
systematically examine and include indigenous and local knowledge, issues and priorities.
Often described as the ‘IPCC for Biodiversity’, IPBES is the global science-policy forum tasked with providing the bestavailable evidence to all decision-makers for people and nature.
The report will offer an integrated overview of where the world stands in relation to key international goals, including
the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Paris Agreement on climate change. It
examines causes of biodiversity and ecosystem change, the implications for people, policy options and likely future
pathways over the next three decades if current trends continue, and other scenarios.
▪ Vital expert evidence for global and regional action on nature after 2020
▪ First assessment to systematically include indigenous and local knowledge at a global scale
▪ Draws on nearly 15,000 references
▪ Prepared by 150 leading international experts from 50 countries
▪ 3 years in development, at a total cost of more than US$2.4 million
▪ Will help assess progress (or lack thereof) on SDGs, Aichi Targets & Paris Agreement
Important aspects of the Global Assessment
Building upon earlier IPBES assessment reports, especially the recently released Land Degradation and Restoration
Assessment and the Regional Assessment Reports for Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia
(March, 2018), the Global Assessment:
▪ Covers all land-based ecosystems (except Antarctica), inland water and the open oceans
▪ Evaluates changes over the past 50 years – and implications for our economies, livelihoods, food security and
quality of life
▪ Explores impacts of trade and other global processes on biodiversity and ecosystem services
▪ Ranks the relative impacts of climate change, invasive species, pollution, sea and land use change and a range of
other challenges to nature
▪ Identifies priority gaps in our available knowledge that will need to be filled
▪ Projects what biodiversity could look like in decades ahead under six future scenarios: Economic Optimism;
Regional Competition; Global Sustainability; Business as Usual; Regional Sustainability and Reformed Markets
▪ Assesses policy, technology, governance, behaviour changes, options and pathways to reach global goals by
looking at synergies and trade-offs between food production, water security, energy and infrastructure
expansion, climate change mitigation, nature conservation and economic development
Structure of the Global Assessment
The Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Global Assessment will be based on a set of six chapters, which provide
all the technical support for the key messages of the SPM. The chapters are described below:
1. Providing a road map and outlining key elements in the relationships between people and nature
2. Highlighting the current status and trends in nature, nature’s contributions to people and drivers of change
3. Assessing progress towards meeting the Aichi Targets, SDGs and the Paris Agreement
4. Exploring plausible future scenarios for nature and people to 2050
5. Focusing on the scenarios, pathways and options that lead to a sustainable future
6. Showcasing opportunities and challenges for decision makers at all levels and in a range of contexts
Expected impacts
The IPBES Global Assessment will:
▪ Provide an agreed, evidence-based knowledge base to inform policy making for the decade ahead
▪ Contribute an analysis of the implications of the loss of biodiversity for achieving the Paris Climate Agreement,
global biodiversity targets, the Sustainable Development Goals and other major world objectives
▪ Offer a multidimensional valuation of common global assets and how to sustain them
▪ Recognize and emphasize the role each actor has in improving conditions for nature and ecosystems, and the
importance of aligning efforts
▪ Raise awareness of the importance of transformational multi-sectoral policies and governance structures,
including the effects that policies and other indirect drivers have at a global scale and options to improve transregional policy-making
▪ Be a starting point for in-depth analyses of the role of actions and their global implications
Reviewers and audiences
To ensure the highest-possible levels of accuracy, credibility and policy-relevance, the IPBES Global Assessment has
been extensively reviewed, twice, through an open and transparent process, by hundreds of external experts,
including scientists and decision-makers (including Governments), practitioners and the holders of indigenous and
local knowledge.
The assessments will be presented with the widest spectrum of decision-makers in mind, including government and
business leaders, civil society groups, indigenous peoples and communities.