DIVERSITAS considers that a sustainable way of life can only be achieved if all policies fully reflect the importance and values of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Achieving this vision is the key ambition of Future Earth. DIVERSITAS, and its legacy of vibrant projects and active global networks, are therefore playing a major role in the current transition process from current global change programmes (DIVERSITAS, IHDP, IGBP) into a unique Future Earth programme. This move represents the efforts of the global scientific community to mainstream biodiversity science, and to provide a scientific basis to discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Drafting a Stakeholder Engagement Strategy for IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services)
ICSU (including DIVERSITAS), and IUCN have been invited by the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-1) to facilitate the development of a draft stakeholder engagement strategy for the IPBES programme of work, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders. The engagement of stakeholders in IPBES is a founding principle of the platform, and a great variety of stakeholders will need to engage in the work of the platform in order for IPBES to deliver policy-relevant information.
DIVERSITAS is co-leading a project on the implications of Access and Benefit-sharing rules and policies for academic research in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The project aims at creating a science-policy dialogue and highlighting best-practice proposals so as to facilitate access to biological (including genetic) resources for academic researchers in LAC.
This work is co-funded by ICSU (granted in March 2013), DIVERSITAS, and ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.
This project is designed to support the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and is supported by the SCBD (Secretariat of the CBD).
The role of the social sciences in achieving the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Targets
The Convention on Biological Diversity has issued a call to peer review a background paper on the role of the social sciences in achieving the 2020 Aichi Targets, developed under the leadership of IHDP, with involvement of DIVERSITAS.
The SC-bioDISCOVERY met April 10-11, 2013 in Paris. The SC members welcomed the opportunity to join Future Earth, and endorsed the transition of the project towards the end of 2014. The members expressed enthusiasm for bioDISCOVERY to become better integrated with the other GEC projects, and welcomed the opportunity to strengthen the observation, modelling and assessment core of the project.
A consortium of DIVERSITAS, Université Paris-Sud XI, FFCUL, the PBL-Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, the Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia and UNEP-WCMC have been selected by the CBD to prepare the scenario assessment for the upcoming Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4). The scientists of the bioDISCOVERY network coordinating the scenario analysis for the CBD's Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 (GBO-4) met on April 8-9 for the second Lead Author meeting to discuss the programme of work.
bioGENESIS held a successful training workshop and participated in the ATBC conference in Indonesia (March 2013)
This workshop on "Evolutionary Approaches to Biodiversity Science" (16-17 March 2013, Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia), organised jointly with ATBC 2013, attracted 23 students coming from several Asian countries.
German National Committee for Future Earth established in April 2013
This new committee (DKN-Future Earth) serves as the successor to the German National Committee on Global Change Research (NKGCF), and will act as a research advisory board and national partner on questions regarding international developments and activities within the framework of Future Earth.