New Report: Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

05/08/2019 – The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services released a summary May 6 of its Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. The report, compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries, includes a systematic review of approximately 15,000 sources and took three years to complete.

The Academy and the Foundation support evidence-based and informed diet and health recommendations that take into account the impact on the environment.

Notable findings of the report include the threatened extinction of 1 million animal and plant species. The report addresses five direct drivers of change in nature in order of impact: changes in land and sea use; direct exploitation of organisms; climate change; pollution; invasive alien species.

Loss of biodiversity is expected to have significant negative impacts on poverty, water, hunger and health. The reports provides actions for agricultural sustainability, tools for policy and global targets.

The report is expected to exceed 1,500 pages and will be published later this year.