International experts meet on biodiversity governance
In an effort to stem the alarming loss of biodiversity around the planet, international experts met recently at a workshop on knowledge-policy interfaces on biodiversity governance..
The meeting at the Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig is summed up by the “Leipzig Recommendations”, agreed upon by the international group of key actors, including scientists dealing with science-policy interfaces from an academic point of view, policymakers and science observers.
|Rainforests, some of the most biologically diverse areas of the world, are seriously threatened by unsustainable development.|
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The Leipzig meeting was also meant to contribute to the ongoing discussion about an International Mechanism of Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB), which is a follow-up to the international Conference of Paris « Biodiversity: Science and governance held in January 2005 under the patronage of President Jacques Chirac. One of the main conclusions of the conference was the wish to launch a consultative process to assess the need, scope and options of such a mechanism
Another contribution to the debate on biodiversity governance is a recent article in the journal Nature, citing the need for a global coordinating mechanism to provide a united scientific voice to stop the “major biodiversity crises”.
This article and the “Leipzig Recommendations” are both contributions in an ongoing debate on what is needed to bring biodiversity loss to a halt.