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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

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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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Acknowledgements

Many people have contributed to the scoping (but do not necessarily agree with all parts of it). We would like to thank in particular the reviewers Inge Thaulow, Special Advisor on international environmental affairs, Government of Greenland; Tom Christensen, Aarhus University; Marie Stenseke from Gothenburg University and co-chair of IPBES Multidiciplinary Expert Panel; Jari Niemelä, Professor, Dean, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dept of Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki; Ivar Baste, Senior Advisor, Norwegian Environment Agency and member of IPBES Bureau.

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