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USA is a full member National Committee

U.S. National Academy of Sciences serves as the adhering body for the United States to DIVERSITAS.  It executes those responsibilities through the U.S. National Committee for DIVERSITAS (USNC), housed within the Board on International Organizations (BISO) of the National Research Council (NRC).

The overarching goal of the USNC is to draw on relevant elements in the U.S. research and policy communities to contribute constructively to the two DIVERSITAS goals: 1) understanding biodiversity and its importance, and 2) managing biodiversity and ecosystem services in a sustainable way.  Toward these ends, the USNC works to raise awareness in the U.S. of DIVERSITAS, and biodiversity issues more broadly, while contributing to the formulation and execution of a strong DIVERSITAS research program.

The USNC serves in some ways as a liaison, attempting to bring together the disparate elements of the broad U.S. community of academics, NGOs, government agencies and policy makers concerned with issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem services and to link them with their counterparts around the world.  An important element of this goal is to help educate the U.S. science community about global issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem services, and create a conduit for U.S. scientists to contribute to the science-policy interface related to those issues.  A principal means for this activity is through interaction and coordination with the DIVERSITAS program, building on the strong U.S. direct participation in DIVERSITAS so that its benefits and insights are more broadly understood and felt throughout the U.S. science and policy communities.

A principal focus of the Committee's activities in 2011 and 2012 is to coordinate the nongovernmental engagement of the U.S. science community with the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as it is organized, in part through engagement with relevant professional societies and also through interaction and coordination with the DIVERSITAS program.

More information on : http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/biso/DIVERSITAS/index.htm

Contacts

Programme Officer: Ester Sztein, PhD, Assistant Director, Board on International Scientific Organizations, U.S. National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, Washington, DC, USA.

Chair: Peter Raven, PhD, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO, USA.

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