From April 29 to May 4, the member countries of IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services)—the "IPCC for biodiversity"—will examine a knowledge assessment report prepared by researchers and experts from all over the world. The report will describe the state of biodiversity in the world, the causes of the collapse underway, and likely future pathways: the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. The national delegations will negotiate the text of the “Summary for Policymakers” of the report. In so doing, they will establish the global consensus on the state of biodiversity and the solutions needed, and will also translate the diplomatic mindset less than two years before the negotiations which will produce an international agreement on biodiversity conservation policies, in late 2020 in China during COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Just after the IPBES plenary, to be held in Paris, IDDRI will organise a session of the Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics Seminar (SDDEE) to examine its key lessons: what messages can be taken from it, which subjects have resulted in negotiations or consensus, and, above all, what are the next steps further to this report?
- Hélène Soubelet, Director of the Foundation for Research on Biodiversity, and Scientific Secretary of the French Committee for IPBES
- Yann Laurans, Director of the Biodiversity Programme at IDDRI
The session will be moderated by Damien Barchiche, Director of the Governance Programme at IDDRI.