France was designated host country for the 7th IPBES Plenary - dubbed "the IPBES Biodiversity IPCC" - at the closure of the 6th session, held this year in Medellin, Colombia.
Ahe 7th Plenary Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be held in France between 29 April and 4 May 2019. A particularly important issue for this next edition will be the validation of the first Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. This document will serve as a reference for the development of the future post-2020 global framework for biodiversity.
As part of its global action in favour of the environment, the French government has decided to host this important plenary session and act to accompany the adoption procedure. "The research carried out by the global scientific community is valuable and essential for alerting and informing public action," explains Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
"We have seen the benefits of the IPCC on the adoption of the Paris Agreement. The IPBES could in its own way initiate an equivalent awareness for biodiversity". evokes Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, before adding that "France is devoting major efforts to preserving global biodiversity, to the tune of 300 million euros.
"Our societies are on probation, it's time for a start. The IPBES report will enable us to place the issue of biodiversity erosion on the same level of importance as global warming, particularly during the French presidency of the G7 in 2019", said Nicolas Hulot, Minister of State, Minister for Ecological and Solidarity Transition.
Launched in 2005 by France on the occasion of the International Conference on Biodiversity, Science and Governance held in Paris, the idea of an international panel of experts on biodiversity, based on the IPBES model for climate, has gradually evolved towards the establishment of the IPBES, formally created on 21 April 2012. The mission of the structure, which comprises 129 Member States, is to "strengthen the science-policy interface in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development".