The IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), also known as the World Biodiversity Council, is an intergovernmental body that was set up in 2012 by the United Nations. The IPBES’s objective is to provide decision-makers and civil society with well-founded scientific information about biodiversity and ecosystem services.

It currently has 136 member states, including Switzerland. The Technical Support Unit (TSU) for the regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe and Central Asia has been located at the University of Bern since 2015 and receives financial support from Switzerland.

The global assessment report on the state of biodiversity and ecosystem services was approved at the seventh plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-7) in May 2019. It describes the important role of biodiversity for the quality of human life throughout the world. The report also highlights the loss of species and plant diversity over the past 50 years, caused primarily by the overexploitation of natural resources, climate change, environmental pollution and introduced alien species. The report is the most comprehensive global assessment of the state of biodiversity and ecosystem services to date. As such, it provides the scientific basis for negotiating a new global framework for biodiversity for
the post-2020 period.

The global report was drawn up on the basis of four regional assessment reports (Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia) published in 2018. Switzerland helped to draft the regional report on Europe and Central Asia, with the considerable involvement of the University of Bern (Prof. Markus Fischer), which coordinated the contributions.

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