Framing a Nordic IPBES-like study
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Framing a Nordic IPBES-like study

Introductory Study including Scoping for a Nordic Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, based on IPBES methods and procedures

Natural resource depletion and adverse impacts from environmental degradation, including loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services and their associated knowledge, add to and exacerbate the list of challenges which humanity faces. In order to address these challenges, policy makers need credible and independent information that take into account the complex relationships between biodiversity, ecosystem services and people. To meet these needs the "Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services" (IPBES) was established in 2012. Its purpose is to assess the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and essential services they provide for human well-being. This report is the result of an introductory and scoping study, laying the foundation for a Nordic Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services based on IPBES methods and procedures.

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognises that natural resource depletion and adverse impacts from environmental degradation, including loss of biodiversity, add to and exacerbate the list of challenges which humanity faces. Biodiversity is well recognised in the Sustainable Development Goals, not just in Target 15 on Ecosystem and Biodiversity and Target 14 on Oceans, but integrated across all 17 goals and 169 targets, emphasising that biodiversity is fundamental to human well-being (UN, 2015).