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DIVERSITAS Newsletter - 2014 #05

DIVERSITAS Newsletter - 2014 #05

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© R Schelly

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Sustainable Development Goals

One of the main outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, was the agreement by Member States to launch a process to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). The goals should address in a balanced way all three dimensions of sustainable development and be coherent with and integrated into the UN development agenda beyond 2015.

A 30-member Open Working Group (OWG) of the General Assembly, established in January 2013, is tasked with preparing a proposal on the SDGs.

DIVERSITAS participated in two sessions of this OWG addressing the following topics:

- Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity (8th session, 3-7 Feb. 2014, New-York)
- Sustainable cities and human settlements (7th session, 6-10 Jan. 2014, New-York)

In preparation of these sessions, the DIVERSITAS community published two position papers:

- Contribution of Biodiversity to Sustainable Development Goals
- Urban Social-Ecological Systems, Sustainability and Resilience- Implications for SDGs and Development of Indicators

In addition, during these two sessions, DIVERSITAS, as part of the ICSU delegation representing the Science and Technology Major Group, gave a plenary address (J Lubchenco on Oceans and Seas, Biodiversity and Forests) and delivered several statements.

More information.

 

Group on Earth Observation Plenary, GEO-X

DIVERSITAS represented GEO BON at the Group of Earth Observation Plenary session X, 15-17 January 2014, Geneva, Switzerland.

The main topics discussed at GEO-X were the future of GEOSS, the approval of the vision for GEO 2025, and providing guidance on the development of the GEOSS implementation plan 2015-2025. DIVERSITAS delivered a statement providing the perspective of the scientific community to these discussions. The main outcome of the ministerial segment is the Geneva declaration.

In addition, Switzerland and GEO BON, in conjunction with GEO X, organised a Day on Biodiversity observation on 14th January 2014, to raise awareness of the importance of the GEO biodiversity and ecosystem services activities. As part of the outcomes, meeting participants gave recommendations to the GEO-X Plenary.

More information on GEO X and the Biodiversity event.

 

DIVERSITAS at IPBES-2 (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services)

DIVERSITAS represented ICSU at the second plenary of IPBES, on 9-14th Dec. 2013 in Antalya, Turkey.

DIVERSITAS, for ICSU, co-chaired with IUCN, the Stakeholder Days on 7-8 Dec. This stakeholder consultation was very well attended with participants from various organisations such as indigenous people and local communities, delegates from IPBES Members, scientific organisations, conservation NGOs (More information on the meeting). ICSU also co-organised a side event on the Stakeholder Engagement Strategy and the outcomes of the Stakeholders Days on 9 Dec. (See flyer).

During the Plenary session, DIVERSITAS delivered a number of plenary statements on key aspects of IPBES including the rules and procedures, the IPBES conceptual framework, and work programme 2014-2018.

Concrete achievements included the adoption of the IPBES institutional arrangements between FAO, UNDP, UNEP and UNESCO; the IPBES conceptual framework, the work programme 2014-2018 including the initial scoping for three fast-track assessments on:

- Pollination and pollinators associated with food production,
- Models and scenarios for biodiversity and ecosystem services, and
- Value, valuation and accounting of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Delegates, on the other hand, did not finalise the procedures for the preparation of the Platform’s deliverables, the Stakeholder Engagement Strategy, and collaborative partnership arrangement.

An important outcome of the meeting was the announcement of the nomination of Anne Larigauderie on 13th December, former DIVERSITAS Executive Director, as the IPBES Executive Secretary. The DIVERSITAS community congratulates Anne, and sends her its best wishes.

More information on the ICSU contribution to IPBES-2 here.

 

Future Earth

DIVERSITAS and its community are deeply committed to developing a science for global sustainability based on the recognition of the importance of, and different values of biodiversity and ecosystem services. DIVERSITAS Scientific Committee and projects are actively involved in implementing the Future Earth Initial Design Strategy, released in November 2013.

Many activities took place during the last months:

- First meeting of the Future Earth Scientific Committee, 19-21 Nov 2013, Gauteng, South Africa.
- Appointment of the Interim Future Earth Engagement Committee, who met for the first time in January 2014, and released a call for the nomination of the full Engagement Committee (Deadline for application: 14 March 2014). This Committee will provide strategic guidance to Future Earth on how to engage stakeholders and ensure that the Future Earth science agenda is informed by user perspectives.
- Second meeting of the Global Environmental Change projects on 20-22 Jan. 2014 in Washington DC, USA, in which all the DIVERSITAS projects and Scientific Committee took part.
- Following up on the successful meeting of all applicants to host the Future Earth Secretariat, the call for the full bids was launched in December 2013 (Deadline for application: 31st March 2014).
- Latest news and newsletter from Future Earth available here.

News

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Eco-Evol workshop of bioGENESIS & bioDISCOVERY: Improving models of species rangeshifts

The 4th joint workshop of the Eco-Evol initiative of bioDISCOVERY and bioGENESIS at the sDIV in Leipzig was a success - participants found it stimulating, and were excited about the prospects of further collaborations focused on integrating theory, experiments and models of species range shifts under climate change.

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ecoSERVICES Workshop

Drafting the ecoSERVICES Research Strategy, 10-12 November 2013, Paris, France

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DIVERSITAS workshop on Access and Benefit-Sharing for Non-commercial Academic Research

Science-Policy Workshop on ABS in the Latin America and Caribbean region, 20-22 November 2013, Lima, Peru

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BioFresh launched the Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

BioFresh, an endorsed project of freshwaterBIODIVERSITY, launched a Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas.

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In memoriam Robert Barbault 1943-2013

The DIVERSITAS community mourns the loss of our colleague and friend, Prof Robert Barbault, from the Museum of Natural History (MNHN), Paris, who passed away on December 12th, 2013

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Sandra Lavorel elected at the French Academy of Sciences

Congratulations to Sandra Lavorel, member of the DIVERSITAS ecoSERVICES Scientific Committee.

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German Committee for Future Earth: 3rd meeting

Took place on the 7th of November 2013 in Berlin.

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EcoHealth 2014: Applications for pre-conference workshops

Call for pre-conference workshops deadline for submission: March 7, 2014

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sDIV 2nd call for workshops on Integrative Biodiversity Research

Deadline for submission is 1st of April 2014.

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Call for French expertise from the French Fondation for Biodiversity Research (FRB)

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Ecosystem services and human health - awareness and attitudes survey

The aim of this survey is to gain a clearer view of the where and how human health perspectives are addressed by people working in the field of ecosystem services research, policy and practice. The survey will run until Friday 14th February 2014.

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Publications

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DIVERSITAS-IHDP publication: Duraiappah et al. COSUST, April 2014

Managing the Mismatches to Provide Ecosystem Services for Human Well-being: A Conceptual framework for understanding the New Commons

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DIVERSITAS publication: Ecosystem Services: Global Issues, Local Practices

This book is a publication from the Belgium National Committee of DIVERSITAS.

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DIVERSITAS - bioSUSTAINABILITY book: scientific analysis & assessment of cities

Elmqvist T, Fragkias M, Goodness J, Güneralp B, Marcotullio PJ, McDonald RI, Parnell S, Schewenius M, Sendstad M, Seto KC and Wilkinson C. 2013. Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities - A Global Assessment. Springer. New York. 755p.

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GWSP publication: Special issue in COSUST: Aquatic and marine systems

Vörösmarty CJ, Pahl-Wostl C and Bhaduri A. 2013. Aquatic and marine systems. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 5(6): 535-714

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Upcoming events

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bioGENESIS-GEO BON Workshop: Genetic Diversity Report

Feb 15, 2014 - Feb 16, 2014 - Kyushu University, Japan

Upon Invitation.

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urbanEARTH Scoping Meeting

Feb 21, 2014 - Feb 22, 2014 - London, UK

Upon Invitation - Organised by UGEC and bioSUSTAINABILITY

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Convention on Biological Diversity - ICNP3

Feb 24, 2014 - Feb 28, 2014 - Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea

Third meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access & Benefit-sharing

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bioGENESIS workshop: Phylogeny, extinction risks and conservation

Mar 11, 2014 - Mar 12, 2014 - Royal Soiety, London, UK

Upon invitation

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SC-bioGENESIS meeting

Mar 13, 2014 - Mar 14, 2014 - Kew Gardens, London, UK

Upon invitation.

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15th Swiss Global Change Day

Apr 02, 2014 - Bern, Switzerland

Immediate online registration.

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29th SC-IGBP meeting (International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme)

Apr 07, 2014 - Apr 11, 2014 - Bangalore, India

Upon invitation

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HarmBio Group (bioDISCOVERY) workshop & SC meeting

Apr 08, 2014 - Apr 11, 2014 - TBC

Upon Invitation.

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Global Water System Project Scientific Committee meeting

May 16, 2014 - May 18, 2014 - Bonn, Germany

Upon invitation

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NEXUS Conference "Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. Synergies and Tradeoffs: Governance and Tools at various Scales"

May 19, 2014 - May 20, 2014 - Bonn Maritim Hotel, Bonn, Germany

Registration deadline: 31st April 2014.

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Summer Water Academy: Communicating Science on the Water- Energy- Food Nexus: Bridging the Link between Science & Policy

May 19, 2014 - May 23, 2014 - Bonn, Germany

Deadline for paper submission extended: 28 February 2014.

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HarmBio workshop (bioDISCOVERY): Decisions Support Systems for Biodiversity Predictions

May 27, 2014 - May 30, 2014 - Crete, Greece

Upon invitation.

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Convention on Biological Diversity: 18th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 18)

Jun 23, 2014 - Jun 28, 2014 - Montreal, Canada

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