IPBES is an intergovernmental organization set up in 2012 in order to provide politicians all over the world with assessments of the state of biodiversity and ecosystems, based on scientific data. We wrote about the IPBES in a previous newsletter.
Their reports on biodiversity and ecosystems are well-known and widely read. The latest Global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services was published on 6 May 2019 . Its contents are alarming: more than one million species of animals and plants have become extinct or are in danger of extinction thanks to human activity. No longer can we pretend we don’t know. We have wasted the time we had and now we have to try to limit the damage. We can start by promoting farming techniques that respect the soil and its ecosystem.