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The scientific community also needs to understand decision makers requests better in order to provide them with the relevant information. In essence, the dialogue between the scientific community, governments, and other stakeholders on biodiversity and ecosystem services needs to be strengthened.

To this end, a new platform has been established by the international community - the "Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services" (IPBES). IPBES was established in April 2012, as an independent intergovernmental body open to all member countries of the United Nations. The members are committed to building IPBES as the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society.

IPBES provides a mechanism recognised by both the scientific and policy communities to synthesise, review, assess and critically evaluate relevant information and knowledge generated worldwide by governments, academia, scientific organisations, non-governmental organisations and indigenous communities. This involves a credible group of experts in conducting assessments of such information and knowledge in a transparent way. IPBES is unique in that it will aim at strengthening capacity for the effective use of science in decision-making at all levels. IPBES will also aim at addressing the needs of Multilateral Environmental Agreements that are related to biodiversity and ecosystem services, and building on existing processes ensuring synergy and complementarities in each other's work.

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