In 2005, the United Nation’s published their Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. The report indicated that human activities were putting the planet at risk at not being able to sustain life. The report began negotiations into creating a group concerning the planet’s biodiversity, much like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for global warming.
In a recent UN meeting in Busan, South Korea, over 230 different delegates from 85 countries agreed to creating such a branch of the UN. The new panel will be called the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The panel is hoping to be able to take scientific research and transfer it to political policies around the world. The panel is hopeful that they will be able to slow biodiversity loss which is currently running rampant.
UN Environment Program director, Achim Steiner, stated: “IPBES represents a major breakthrough in terms of organizing a global response to the loss of living organisms and forests, freshwaters, coral reefs and other ecosystems that generate multi-trillion dollar services that underpin all life- including economic life- on Earth.”
Director-general of South Korea’s environment ministry and meeting chairman, Chan-Woo Kim, stated: “The essence of this vision is to ensure environmental sustainability while pursuing development. For this to be realized, it is crucial to have a credible, legitimate and policy-relevant understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem services.”
The panel is expected to be officially included in the UN beginning in September when the new UN General Assembly begins.