From 28 August to 2 September 2023, the tenth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES 10) took place. The Plenary was hosted by the United States of America in Bonn, Germany and attracted scientists, experts and policymakers from across the globe.
SELINA representatives from UNEP-WCMC, FSD and NIGG-BAS were also among the delegates and had the opportunity to celebrate on-site the launch of the thematic Assessment Report on Invasive Alien Species and their Control, which was the focus of the meeting. Earlier this year we announced the contribution of Joana Vicente from the SELINA partner Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO) in Portugal who is a fellow in one of the report chapters.
The preparation of the Invasive Alien Species Report commenced following the IPBES 8 conference in 2021. It is a result of four years of work of 86 experts from 49 countries, and synthesises information from over 13,000 references. Invasive alien species are recognised as a significant factor contributing to global biodiversity loss. However, the extent of the threat they pose is not well documented and is little understood by decision-makers. To address this gap, the report assesses current trends, impacts, drivers, management and policy options, while considering different knowledge frameworks and value systems At IPBES 10, the Plenary reviewed and endorsed the report, approving its summary for policymakers. From late October 2023, the full assessment report with open access is available here.
IPBES’s reports are considered the most authoritative source of information on the science of biodiversity since they are subject to extensive review by experts and governments, guaranteeing the highest standards of quality and policy relevance. Founded in 2012, IPBES operates as an independent intergovernmental body, composed of 143 government representatives, numerous global experts, and observers. The organisation provides evidence-based information on biodiversity and ecosystem services and aims to foster the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being, and sustainable development.