The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released an assessment on the interrelation between biodiversity, shifts in climate and resources such as water, food and energy. This report is a peer-reviewed document which is the result of a four-day virtual workshop between Scientific Steering Committee-selected experts chosen by the IPBES and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This workshop report is the first cooperative analysis undertaken by the two intergovernmental organizations.

What Is the Objective of the IPBES Report?

The objective of the report is to inform policy decision making in the context of the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. IPCC and IPBES scientists said that climate change and biodiversity loss are twin threats that are mutually reinforcing. “Strong interlinkages and interdependencies exist among the globally agreed goals of food and water security, health for all, affordable and clean energy, protecting biodiversity on land and in the oceans, and combating climate change, among other Sustainable Development Goals”, according to the IPCC and IPBES report.

The IPBES Report is essentially a biodiversity assessment designed to explain the relationship between biodiversity samples and human well-being. Understanding biodiversity, and the extent to which humans depend on nature for medicines, food, textiles, and to maintain our climate as we know it, is necessary for understanding precisely how import it is to preserve natural ecosystems and biodiversity. Due to our reliance on the natural world’s contributions, there are strong interlinkages between human health, food security and various materials.

The natural world consists of ecological communities which are made up of microorganisms, animals and plant-life that interact with their surrounding environments and each other. The various species that belong to ecological communities are composed of millions of different gene combinations, and those species can be represented in several kinds of ecosystems. The IPBES’ assessment will highlight the degree of resilience that biologically diverse ecosystems have and what type of feed backs they experience due to human activity.

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Specific Goals Outlined In the IPBES Report

Other available actions for climate change mitigation strategies identified in the nexus report include: reducing deforestation (and forest degradation), improving sustainable agricultural and forestry practices- which will promote carbon storage and enhance biodiversity, abate over-fishing, phase out over-fertilization, and implementing plant-based eating regimens (in rich or the most nations).

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