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Session 4


Biodiversity and Governance


  • Reinhold Leinfelder (Berlin Museum of Natural History and German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), Berlin, Germany)


Rationale: The loss of biodiversity threatens current and future chances for natural and cultural development. The contribution of biodiversity to human well-being is widely acknowledged. Nonetheless, political as well as economic and private decisions lead to further loss of biodiversity, although the reasons for this loss are known and measures to change these causes are available. How to better make this knowledge available and applicable has been debated for many years across the globe, with mainly scientists and NGOs promoting a global platform to inform politicians and other decision makers.

With the decision this summer to set up an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), this discussion has now reached the state of how to best implement such a platform. The platform should be scientifically independent and address acute topics. The involvement of countries and other stakeholders has to be organized fair and efficient.

In the plenary session, an overview about the current state of IPBES is given. Biodiversity science is playing a crucial role. The fields where science can contribute are illuminated from an overall perspective. Case studies are analysed with regard to the possibilities of science to support conservation, use, and fair benefit sharing of biodiversity.

In the workshops organized by Network-Forum Biodiversity Research Germany (NeFo), a more detailed discussion will deal with governance aspects of IPBES and well as with the economic implications of biodiversity exploitation and conservation.