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Citing IPBES Global Assessment Key Finding, United States Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) Introduces '30 By 30 Resolution to Save Nature'
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U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (NM-01), joined by Reps. Joe Neguse (Colo.-02), Ted Lieu (Calif.-33), Ruben Gallego (Ariz.-07), and Ed Case (Hawaii-01) to introduce the Thirty by Thirty Resolution to Save Nature to set a goal for the United States to conserve at least 30% of the ocean and land by 2030.

In a press conference, Rep. Haaland said, “Globally, the loss of nature – accelerated by climate change – is putting up to one million species on the path to extinction. Conserving our lands and waters is essential to protecting humans and wildlife and stabilizing our climate, so I’m following the direction from leading scientists and introducing this resolution to set a national goal of conserving 30 percent of America’s land and oceans by 2030 to tackle this urgent crisis.”

The legislation is a companion bill to S. Res. 372 introduced by Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) in October 2019.
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Citing IPBES Global Assessment Key Finding and Direct Drivers of Biodiversity Loss, US Sports Radio Channel Encourages Donations for Endangered Species
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Citing the IPBES Global Assessment key finding that 1 million species of plants and animals face extinction and the top five direct drivers of biodiversity loss, WNFL in Wisconsin, a US-based Sports Radio Channel, has encouraged listeners to donate for endangered species.
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Citing IPBES Global Assessement, 102 Environmental NGOs Launch 'Blue Manifesto' Urging EU Countries to 'Adopt a 2030 Vision for Healthy Seas'
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More than 100 NGOs have called on European Governments to implement ambitious climate and biodiversity policies to protect marine and coastal ecosystems.

"The NGOs, led by Seas At Risk, BirdLife Europe, ClientEarth, Oceana, Surfrider Foundation Europe and WWF, highlight that to be successful, change is needed on both land and sea, so they call for:

• At least 30% of the ocean to be highly or fully protected by 2030
• Shift to low-impact fishing
• Securing a pollution-free ocean
• Planning of human activities that support the restoration of thriving marine ecosystems"
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2020-01-30
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IPBES Global Assessment and Awareness of Biodiversity Loss 'Inspires Global Poster Contest' in Collaboration with UNEP
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The 16th International Poster Biennial contest has chosen biodiversity for the focus of the environmental category, in response to the urgency highlighted by the IPBES Global Assessment and former IPBES Chair Sir Robert Watson.

"The scale of the current biodiversity breakdown is unparalleled; the IPBES report warns that more than a third of all marine mammals, more than 40 percent of amphibian species and 10 percent of insects are threatened.

“Change starts with awareness. Awareness that we are not alone on planet Earth. Awareness that all our decisions and actions have repercussions on other human beings, animals and plants,” said Fatoumata Dravé, a Canadian designer who won second place at the Biennial in 2016. Her piece, titled “Toxicité”, dealt with the devastating consequences of aluminum´s production on marine life.

“I’ve always been concerned with how graphic designers could have a say on social issues,” she added. “I seized the opportunity at the Biennial to make a research-based poster on biodiversity with a message that could potentially have an impact.”"
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In Light of IPBES Global Assessment, California's Center for Biological Diversity and Christians for the Mountains NGO Issue Joint Statement for Plan to Save Life on Earth
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The California-based Center for Biological Diversity has just issued a 30 page plan titled, "Saving Life on Earth: A Plan to Halt the Global Extinction Crisis." The plan centers the key finding of the Global Assessment that 1 million plant and animal species face extinction as the impetus for urgent action. "This looming mass extinction should shock the conscience." The plan calls for specific actions to be taken at both the national and international level to address the extinction crisis and $100 Billion in allocated funds.

“This isn’t just an environmental crisis. It’s a cultural and spiritual crisis,” said Tierra Curry, a scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. “By turning our backs on the wild, we’re turning our backs on what it means to be human. Animals and plants are integral to who we are and what kind of world we want to live in. When we lose a species, the world becomes a colder, lonelier place.”

“The biblical story of Noah points to a truth for our time. God desires the preservation of all species,” said Allen Johnson, coordinator of Christians for the Mountains. “Humans are given the privilege to have intimate knowledge of plants and animals, and the responsibility to nurture and protect them.”
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Splash, Fashion Retailer in Oman, Creates Calendar Highlighting The Destruction of Nature and Steps Being Taken to Reduce Environmental Impact of the Company
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Citing the recent reports of a million species at risk of extinction (based on the IPBES Global Assessment Report), one of Oman's leading fashion retailers, Splash, has unveiled a fashion calendar which highlights the destruction of nature and what steps the company is taking the reduce their impact on the environment.

A promotional video can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=984551648591385
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Austrian Biodiversity Council Outlines 5 Core Demands for Biodiversity, Citing IPBES Global Assessment as Key Impetus
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The Austrian Biodiversity Council (Österreichischer Biodiversitätsrat), under the umbrella of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Forum (Forum Biodiversität und Ökosystemleistungen), has published a list of 5 core demands for the Austrian Federal Government and Parliament (and all levels of local government) to heed the warnings of science and rapidly implement concrete and effective policies.

1): Stop the biodiversity crisis; 2) Comply with obligations; 3) Transform into a society which is compatible with nature; 4) Strengthen science and education; 5) Promote biodiversity-positive land use and green infrastructure

The council continued with concrete recommendations for each core demand.
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Austrian Biodiversity Council Outlines 5 Core Demands for Biodiversity, Citing IPBES Global Assessment as Key Impetus
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The Austrian Biodiversity Council (Österreichischer Biodiversitätsrat), under the umbrella of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Forum (Forum Biodiversität und Ökosystemleistungen), has published a list of 5 core demands for the Federal Government and Parliament (and all levels of local government) to heed the warnings of science and rapidly implement concrete and effective policies.

1): Stop the biodiversity crisis; 2) Comply with obligations; 3) Transform into a society which is compatible with nature; 4) Strengthen science and education; 5) Promote biodiversity-positive land use and green infrastructure

The council continued with concrete recommendations for each core demand.
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Patrick
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Communications Consultant
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European Parliament, Citing IPBES Pollination Assessment Report, Urges European Commission to Implement Range of Pollinator-friendly Policies
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On the heels of a European Citizen Initiative petition, the European Parliament, citing the IPBES Pollination, Pollinators and Food Production Assessment Report, passed a resolution urging the European Commission to implement a wide range of pollinator-friendly policies.
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Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana Held Round-Table Discussion on IPBES, Asks Civil Society for Redoubled Efforts
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The Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana held a round-table Discussion on the work of IPBES on 11 December 2019, imploring civil society to redouble their efforts to protect biodiversity and participate in IPBES activities.
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European Commission Releases 'European Green Deal,' Citing IPBES Science
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On 11 December, 2019 the European Commission released the 'European Green Deal,' integrating the key drivers of biodiversity loss from the IPBES Global Assessment Report. It is expected that further the fully developed EU Biodiversity Strategy will be published March 2020.
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AXA Research Fund, Citing IPBES Global Assessment, Launches Publication: "Biodiversity at Risk: Preserving the natural world for our future"
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The AXA Research Fund, citing the IPBES Global Assessment, published a report titled, "Biodiversity at Risk: Preserving the natural world for our future" which focuses on biodiversity and climate change, biodiversity and security, biodiversity and the economy, and changing the way that business is conducted.
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Convention on Biological Diversity Acting Executive Secretary, Urges Bold Targets, Sustainable Use, and Mainstreaming of Biodiversity in Light of Stark IPBES Global Assessment Findings
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Elizabeth Mrema, the Convention on Biological Diversity's Acting Executive Secretary, urged participants at the Thematic Workshop on Area-Based Conservation Measures to develop bold targets for area-based conservation measures, sustainable use of biodiversity and mainstreaming of biodiversity after noting that "the recent IPBES report sounded the clarion call."
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Members of European Parliament Call for Legally Binding Biodiversity Targets, Citing IPBES Global Assessment
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Members of European Parliament urged the European Commission and Member States to commit to “immediate, substantial and additional” efforts in the form of legally binding targets on biodiversity conservation and restoration, to meet EU targets and stop the current trajectory of biodiversity loss.

Further information can also be found at: https://multimedia.europarl.europa.eu/en/cop15-to-the-convention-on-biological-diversity_I181246-V_v

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WWF Publishes 'Climate, Nature and Our 1.5°C Future' Report, Including Substantial Portions of IPBES Global Assessment Evidence
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The World Wide Fund For Nature has published a report entitled 'Climate, Nature and Our 1.5°C Future', which includes substantial portions of IPBES Global Assessment evidence to attempt to bring together the most recent science regarding shared scenarios and policies to address biodiversity loss, climate change and sustainable development.
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Convention on Biological Diversity SBSTTA23 Highlights IPBES Global Assessment as Science Base for Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework
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A United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity media release, amidst the intersessional meeting of the subsidiary body on science, highlighted IPBES evidence, particularly the Global Assessment Report, as the science base for the post-2020 biodiversity framework to be agreed in Kunming October 2020.
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The Council of the European Union, Citing IPBES Global Assessment Finding as Key Impetus, Commits to Political Leadership in Convention on Biological Diversity Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework
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The Council of the European Union, citing the IPBES Global Assessment key finding that 1 million species of plants and animals risk extinction as a key impetus, has committed to provide political leadership in the Convention on Biological Diversity process to agree a post-2020 biodiversity framework.

"The Council is committed to leading by example and making a robust contribution to the adoption of an ambitious and realistic post-2020 global biodiversity framework to halt the loss of and restore biodiversity by 2030."
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Based on the insights of the IPBES Assessment for Europe and Central Asia, a group of scientists released a paper on the shortcomings of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy and options for improvement
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A group of scientists published a paper in volume 88 of ScienceDirect titled “Constraints and opportunities for mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services in the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy: Insights from the IPBES assessment for Europe and Central Asia.” Based on insights generated in IPBES’s regional assessment for Europe and Central Asia, the paper points out main findings regarding key shortcomings of the current Common Agricultural Policy, as well opportunities to enhance the mainstreaming of biodiversity and ecosystem services through it.
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IPBES
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Government of Ireland lauches Biodiversity Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan citing IPBES Global Assessment
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Referencing evidence from IPBES Global Assessment Report, Government of Ireland Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht launches The Biodiversity Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan with the goal to protect biodiversity from the impacts of climate change and to conserve and manage ecosystems. The Plan follows the declaration of a climate change and biodiversity emergency by Lower House of the Irish Parliament in May 2019 similarly inspired by IPBES Global Assessment Report.
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Arghamanyan
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Italian citizens' initiative "Assemblea Ecologica Popolare del Golfo" uses the IPBES Global Assessment as evidence advocating for urgent environmental action and policies
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In Italy a citizens' initiative was formed to "fight against climate and ecological collapse". "Ecological People's Assembly of the Gulf" aims to urge the citizens of the district of Formia to commit themselves to "more radical policies to make human activities sustainable from an environmental and social point of view". The statement references the IPBES Global Assessment report as evidence of the growing need for urgent action. The first action of the initiative is to request the regional government to declare a climate and environmental emergency.
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President Xi and President Macron Welcome IPBES Global Assessment and Issue 'Beijing Call for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change'
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The 6 November 'Beijing Call for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change' reaffirms support for the Paris Agreement, commits to addressing biodiversity and climate as connected issues to drive an effective response at CBD COP15.

"...we, the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, and the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, meeting in Beijing on 6 November 2019 call on all countries and, when relevant, sub-national authorities, companies, NGOs and citizens to:

- Welcome the international initiatives to fight against climate change and to halt the biodiversity loss;

- Communicate or update their nationally determined contributions in a manner representing a progression beyond the current one and reflecting their highest possible ambition, and to publish their mid-century long-term low greenhouse gas emissions development strategies by 2020 in the context of sustainable development;

- Ratify, as soon as possible, and implement the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, recognizing that the Kigali Amendment could prevent up to 0.4c of warming by the end of century, and that coordinated efforts to improve the energy efficiency of air conditioners and other cooling equipment will have additional environmental benefits, including the reduction of emissions, public health and food security, and undertake action to improve energy efficiency in the cooling sector globally;

- Value, conserve, restore and wisely use biodiversity, to encourage the engagement of all actors and stakeholders and to support the development and implementation of an ambitious and realistic post-2020 global biodiversity framework;

- Encourage concrete and ascertainable commitments and contributions to biodiversity conservation from actors and stakeholders across all sectors to stimulate and support government action in the promotion of a robust post 2020 global biodiversity framework in the frame of the Sharm El-Sheikh to Kunming Action Agenda for Nature and People;

- Join forces in the run-up to the IUCN World Conservation Congress (June 2020, Marseille) in order to conclude with ambitious and realistic outcomes to inform the preparation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework;

- Promote active engagement of political leaders at the highest level in advocacy for biodiversity at CBD COP15 with the theme : “Ecological Civilization-Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth”, in order to realize the vision of living in harmony with nature by 2050 and to define and adopt an ambitious and realistic post-2020 global biodiversity framework building on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the lessons learned from the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addressing main drivers of loss of biodiversity;

- Work together to define milestones in order to bend the curve of biodiversity loss by 2030, by protecting an ever growing part of the planet, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services;

- Capitalize on the Nature-Based Solutions Coalition co-lead by China and leverage Nature-Based Solutions to coherently address biodiversity loss, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and land and ecosystems degradation. Recognize that Nature-Based Solutions an essential component of the overall global effort to achieve the goals of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement and to reach the SDGs by supporting vital ecosystem services, biodiversity, access to fresh water, improved livelihood, healthy diets and food security from sustainable food systems;

- Commit, in the perspective of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, to take appropriate and ambitious actions to halt and reverse the degradation of terrestrial and marine ecosystems and biodiversity loss, and restoring at least 30 per cent of degraded ecosystems that are restorable thereby contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation, protection of biodiversity, combatting desertification and land degradation, and food security;

- Fight environmental crime, in particular smuggling and trafficking of endangered species of flora and fauna and derived products, as well as illegal transboundary movements of solid waste, by banning the illegal entry and exit of these objects across borders;

- Protect all important ecosystems, including mountain, aquatic, forest, grassland, as biodiversity hotspots, and also considering their role in addressing and tackling climate change, and lower our respective footprint on forests, especially the impact of agriculture and forestry;

- Mobilize all States towards an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention or the law of the sea for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (“BBNJ”);

- Address marine litter, especially marine plastic litter and microplastics and to swiftly take appropriate national actions for the prevention and significant reduction of discharges of plastic litter and microplastics to the oceans;

- Promote the conservation and restoration of marine ecosystem;

- Promote the conservation of Antarctic marine living resources in accordance with the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, and continue discussions on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in the Antarctic, including by establishing a marine protected area there;

- Fulfill the commitments by developed countries to provide and mobilize US$100 billion each year for climate finance by 2020 and to set a new collective quantified goal from a floor of US$100 billion per year by 2025, taking into account the needs and priorities of developing countries. In this regard, the Green Climate Fund plays a key role as one of the tools to mobilize more financial resources towards low-carbon and resilient investments in developing countries;

- Urge public, domestic and international development finance institutions, and their collaborative networks, such as the International Development Finance Club (IDFC), to consider both the positive and negative impacts on climate and biodiversity related to their financing, in line with the UNFCCC, the Paris agreement and the convention on biological diversity objectives;

- Mobilize additional resources from all sources, both public and private, at the domestic and at the international level, towards both climate adaptation and mitigation; make finance flows consistent with pathways towards low greenhouse emissions and climate-resilient development, as well as for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, the conservation of oceans, land degradation amongst others; ensure that international financing, particularly in the infrastructure field, is compatible with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris climate agreement.

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IPBES Global Assessment & 'Catastrophic Situation' Spark Members of European Parliament to Agree on Urgent Need for EU to 'Set an Example for the Future' at CBD COP15
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A draft resolution in the European Parliament has near unanimous support for the European Union to 'set an example for the future' at the 2020 Convention on Biological Diversity COP15, in light of the findings of the IPBES Global Assessment and the dire state of nature. Alexandr Vondra from the European Conservative and Reformists grouping indicated his groupings support for the resolution, noting that “protecting biodiversity is a conservative act.”

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MEPs say EU should promote global climate agreement similar to Paris climate agreement at COP15 in 2020
Brussels, 06/11/2019 (Agence Europe)

One million species are threatened with extinction, according to an assessment by the IPBES: Members of the European Parliament's Environment Committee, alarmed by the catastrophic situation facing global biodiversity, all recognised on Wednesday 6 November in Brussels, the urgent need for action to ultimately preserve this essential resource for life on earth.

There was almost unanimous agreement on the need for the EU to use the occasion of COP15 of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (Kungming, China, October 2020) to ensure that the post-2020 global framework results in a clear roadmap with ambitious, binding, measurable targets, as well as performance and monitoring indicators. All political groups, with the exception of the ID Group, support the draft resolution that has been discussed. This project is of the opinion that the EU must set an example for the future Kungming Agreement to be for biodiversity, what the Paris Agreement is for climate change – two interdependent phenomena (see EUROPE B12322A10).

This implies, they say, a radical shift in approach to finding nature-based solutions, measuring the value of terrestrial and marine biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides, ensuring the coherence of EU policies, and combating global deforestation.

The deadline for tabling amendments is Thursday 7 November. The vote in committee is scheduled for 2 or 3 December; with the vote in plenary scheduled for January 2020 (to be confirmed). The Council of the EU could then adopt its conclusions either at the end of the year or in early 2020 (see EUROPE B12294A4).

“We have only one heartbreaking report to present. No targets have been met: neither the Aichi global targets, nor the European 2020 targets. There is an urgent need for biodiversity conservation to become an absolute priority, just has been the case with the fight against global warming”, said Agnès Evren (EPP, France).

According to César Luena (S&D, Spain), nature-based solutions could help reduce emissions by more than 30% by 2030. He has called for a greater level of ambition in terms of sanctuary areas, with a target of 30% by 2030 and 50% by 2050, and for “the sector to pay up”.

According to María Soraya Rodríguez Ramos (Renew Europe, Spain), the key point is to find solutions that are based on nature, and which help to mitigate climate change. She was adamant that the focus should be on land usage. “We must work within a comprehensive, binding, inclusive and ambitious framework, putting in place implementation, monitoring and accountability mechanisms.”
According to Ville Niinistö (Greens/EFA, Finland), there is an urgent need for climate and biodiversity. With the sixth massive extinction of species right on our doorstep, we need to “change our production and consumption patterns”. According to him, the ongoing CAP reform does not sufficiently take into account biodiversity issues: “agriculture and forestry must be factors used for protecting biodiversity, not destroying it. The EU must also adopt a progressive and global approach to deforestation”.

Hence Sylvia Modig's (GUE/NGL, Finland) hope that the Environment Committee “will be involved in the reform of the CAP, because if we only listen to agricultural and forestry lobbies, we will not make any progress”.

Alexandr Vondra (ECR, Czech Republic) said his group was willing to move forward, because “protecting biodiversity is a conservative act”. He emphasised the importance of integrating biodiversity objectives into sustainable development goals, providing implementation mechanisms at all levels, and technology transfers.

The Commission representative noted that the Green Deal announced by Ursula von der Leyen is intended to make the EU the world's leading climate-neutral continent and includes a biodiversity strategy by 2030 in order for the EU to take the lead at COP15.

According to him, one issue remains: whether the Convention on Biological Diversity might introduce a new concept of contributions determined at a national level, with a view to creating a new element of measurability, which would be verifiable through a system to be put in place.

(Original version in French by Aminata Niang)
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IPBES Pollination Assessment cited as basis for focus area of Guerlain/UNESCO partnership for initiative to preserve bees and biodiversity.
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French beauty house Guerlain has partnered with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) for a major sustainability initiative to preserve bees and biodiversity. One of the four main focus areas will be the measurement of the benefits of the pollination in the local ecosystems to act on the IPBES Pollination Assessment Report.
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Mariam
Arghamanyan
IPBES
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mariam.arghamanyan@ipbes.net
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Global Assessment Coordinating Lead Author appointed to Planning Board for UK National History Museum's Year of Biodiversity
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As a result of the impact of the IPBES Global Assessment, Coordinating Lead Author Dr. Andy Purvis has been appointed to the planning board of the UK Natural History Museum for their Year of Biodiversity programme of events for 2020.
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Rob
Spaull
IPBES
Head of Communications
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Norwegian Environmental Ministry Prepares Global Assessment Key Findings Brief and Call to Action
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The Norwegian Environmental Ministry has prepared an overview and summary of key findings from the IPBES Global Assessment to drive their own calls to action based on the findings.
New/changed action/initiative
Website
Global assessment, Policy support tools
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2019-11-01
National
Europe and Central Asia
Norway
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Your information
Mr.
Patrick
Tonissen
IPBES
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Secretariat: Bonn
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Impact
Japanese Vice Minister of the Environment cites IPBES reports in his speech addressing the Tokyo Seafood Sustainability Symposium
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In an address to the Tokyo Seafood Sustainability Symposium Japanese Vice Minister of the Environment Hiroshi Kamagata referenced data on coral bleaching and coral death in Japan, citing the IPBES #GlobalAssessment as well as the Asia-Pacific #RegionalAssessment Report.
New/changed action/initiative
Website
Asia-Pacific Assessment, Global assessment
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2019-11-01
National
Asia-Pacific
Japan
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Your information
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Mariam
Arghamanyan
IPBES
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Secretariat: Bonn
mariam.arghamanyan@gmail.com
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Impact
In Light of IPBES Global Assessment, 30 Johannesburg Stock Exchange-Listed Companies Launch Assessments Valuing South African Biodiversity for Business
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Thirty leading South African businesses have teamed up with WWF South Africa and the Wildlife Trust (EWT), which are jointly leading the project. They have taken note of the urgency of the Global Assessment and decided to undertake biodiversity valuation assessments to determine how to cost-effectively mainstream biodiversity into their strategies and practices. Given the key key findings of the IPBES report, "there was, “more than ever”, a need for businesses to step up their biodiversity game."

A key output for the project will be an online toolkit which includes a free biodiversity performance self-assessment questionnaire, business case studies and biodiversity mainstreaming guidelines organised in nine steps.The project is expected to publish their conclusions in Q3/Q4 2021.
New/changed action/initiative
Website
Global assessment, Policy support tools
Nature’s Contributions to People (NCP)
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2019-11-01
Multi-organizational/network
Africa
South Africa
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Your information
Mr.
Patrick
Tonissen
IPBES
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Secretariat: Bonn
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Impact
Save Bees and Farmers European Union Citizen Initiative Petition Cites IPBES Global Assessment as Motivation for Call to Phase-out Synthetic Pesticides and Promote Agroecology
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The Save Bees and Farmers!” European Citizens’ Initiative alliance is a growing network of currently over 100 environmental NGOs, farmer and beekeeper organisations, charitable foundations and scientific institutions distributed throughout the European Union, working together to reconcile agriculture, health and biodiversity. The petition cites the IPBES Global Assessment as a key motivation for this call to phase-out synthetic pesticides and promote agroecology, among other pollinator-friendly policies.
New/changed action/initiative
Website
Global assessment, Pollination Assessment
Nature’s Contributions to People (NCP)
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2019-11-01
Regional
Europe and Central Asia
European Union
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Your information
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Patrick
Tonissen
IPBES
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Secretariat: Bonn
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Impact
Convention on Biological Diversity Acting Executive Secretary Notes Impact of IPBES Global Assessment on Post-2020 Framework Discussion During Key Science Body Meeting
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During the closing remarks of the Convention on Biological Diversity's 23rd meeting of the subsidiary body on scientific, technical and technological advice, Acting Executive Secretary Elizabeth Mrema noted the robust impact of the IPBES Global Assessment on the post-2020 framework discussions throughout the conference. As she noted, the urgency of taking actions to address the inseparable challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change were stressed in accordance with the key findings.
Other
Impact on post-2020 biodiversity framework discussions
Website
Global assessment
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2019-11-01
Global
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Your information
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Patrick
Tonissen
IPBES
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Secretariat: Bonn
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Impact
CBD Alliance, Including WWF, Greenpeace, Avaaz, Criticizes 'Glaring Gap' Between Global Assessment Key Findings and Ambition of Convention on Biological Diversity Parties; Calls for Urgent Leadership
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A grouping of "nearly all civil society organizations and non-profit organizations" at the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) 23rd meeting of the subsidiary body on scientific, technical and technological advice (SBSTTA) issued a statement critical of CBD Parties, criticizing a 'glaring gap' between the science of the IPBES Global Assessment and the ambitions displayed by Governments.

The CBD Alliance statement, issued at the conclusion of the SBSTTA meeting, was endorsed by Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN) , WWF, Born Free Foundation, Greenpeace, Ecoropa, EcoNexus, Avaaz, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Friends of the Earth International, Pro Natura Switzerland, The Nature Conservancy, BirdLife International , IFAW, Conservation International, The Pew Charitable Trusts , Save our Seeds, Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) and ETC.

The CBD Alliance states: "SBSTTA has the mandate to discuss the scientific evidence base for the post-2020 framework. The science has never been clearer. The IPBES report tells us that unprecedented biodiversity and ecosystem loss is eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health, cultures and quality of life worldwide. This undermines the development gains that were made in the past decades and the wellbeing of future generations and all living beings.

We also have unprecedented levels of evidence and knowledge about what must be done: transformative change is essential and needed urgently, and is still possible. The longer we wait, the higher the damage and costs for society as a whole, present and future. This will require an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework, addressing direct and indirect drivers, focused to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030. This needs to include strong mechanisms for better implementation, including a whole government approach so those in charge of the drivers are bound to act."

New/changed action/initiative
Website
Nature’s Contributions to People (NCP)
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2019-11-01
Global
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Your information
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Patrick
Tonissen
IPBES
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Secretariat: Bonn
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