"Biodiversity loss is a major crisis — and is bigger than the global bank crisis. It's a permanent loss, and therefore an ethical issue — what we destroy now, we take away from future generations," Natural History Museum'sfor a Q&A in our .
Bloomfield made me feel an impending doom that goes hand-in-hand with biodiversity loss. Fortunately, we might soon know more about the state of biodiversity through the formation of a biodiversity panel.
Instead of monitoring climate change and gas emissions, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will collect data on how human activities impact the ecosystem. As more scientific research is gathered, the experts will have a better idea of the state of biodiversity.
The IPBES will:
- check the entire ecosystem of the world: clean fresh water, fish, game, timber, climate and gas emissions, coral reefs, living organisms, forests, and freshwater
- train environmental scientists in the developing world
- suggest future research projects
- identify emerging issues
- advise policy leaders with peer-review scientific research
- report on the biodiversity state at several levels: international, regional, and sub-regional levels
Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN Environment Programme (Unep), told The BBC:
"Indeed, IPBES represents a major breakthrough in terms of organizing a global response to the loss of living organisms and forests, freshwaters, coral reefs and other ecosystems that generate multi-trillion dollar services that underpin all life - including economic life - on Earth."
No doubt, the establishment of this scientific body occurs at a critical time, as experts anticipate a sixth "major wave of extinction". As long as the UN General Assembly approves the panel in September, the group of expert will formally convene next year.
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