» Integrating biodiversity science for human well-being: DIVERSITAS 2010-11 Annual Report
08.08.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

Integrating biodiversity science for human well-being: DIVERSITAS 2010-11 Annual Report

DIVERSITAS has released its 2010-11 Annual Report summarising its key achievements for biodiversity and ecosystem services science and policy.

DIVERSITAS (the Latin word for “diversity”) is an international programme of biodiversity science. It was established to address the complex scientific questions posed by the loss in biodiversity and ecosystem services and to offer science based solutions to this crisis; UNESCO is one of its founders. Current collaboration with DIVERSITAS includes common preparatory work for the first plenary of the International Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

The establishment of IPBES had been a key goal of DIVERSITAS that formally began with an international conference on biological diversity hosted by the French Government at UNESCO in Paris in 2005.The report details the follow-up activities leading to its first meeting in October, 2011, to begin the process of making IPBES operational. One such activity was the experts meeting hosted by UNESCO on 10 June 2011 to provide input for the first plenary on institutional arrangements and modalities of IPBES, and to focus, in particular, on possible elements for the generation of knowledge function of IPBES. There are many important details to be decided in Nairobi and DIVERSITAS members, notably UNESCO, will continue to be actively involved.

The report covers all DIVERSITAS activities including its work on the interface between science and policy making, developing cross-cutting networks, the Earth System Science Partnership, etc.

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