Biodiversity underpins the life-support system of our planet. Both natural and managed ecosystems deliver important ecological services such as the production of food and fibre, carbon storage, climate regulation and recreation opportunities.
DIVERSITAS (the Latin word for “diversity”) was established to address the complex scientific questions posed by the loss in biodiversity and ecosystem services and to offer science based solutions to this crisis.
DIVERSITAS is an international programme of biodiversity science with a dual mission:
Promoting, facilitating and conducting integrative biodiversity science, that links biological, ecological and social disciplines; and
Providing the sound scientific basis for decisionmaking to secure the planet’s variety of life, while contributing to human well-being and poverty eradication.
DIVERSITAS achieves its mission by:
Fostering an integrated network of the world’s leading biodiversity scientists to address critical biodiversity issues;
Producing new knowledge by catalysing exchanges between scientists across nations and disciplines;
Synthesising new biodiversity knowledge to address the global science priorities;
Ensuring an effective engagement of the biodiversity science community globally with policy and decision makers, especially with relevant international conventions;
Developing biodiversity science capacity by nurturing younger scientists around the world.
GEO BON’smission is: To improve the acquisition, coordination and delivery of biodiversity information and services to users, particularly decision-makers.
GEO BON’svision is: By 2025, GEO BON is a robust, extensive and interoperable biodiversity observation network covering the major biomes of the globe. The observations derived from this network is contributing to effective and timely conservation, sustainable use, and mitigation and adaptation decisions regarding the world’s ecosystems, the biodiversity they support, and the services provided.
IPBES - The Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
IPBES was established in April 2012, as an independent intergovernmental body open to all member countries of the United Nations. The members are committed to building IPBES as the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society.
IPBES provides a mechanism recognised by both the scientific and policy communities to synthesise, review, assess and critically evaluate relevant information and knowledge generated worldwide by governments, academia, scientific organisations, non-governmental organisations and indigenous communities. This involves a credible group of experts in conducting assessments of such information and knowledge in a transparent way. IPBES is unique in that it will aim at strengthening capacity for the effective use of science in decision-making at all levels. IPBES will also aim at addressing the needs of Multilateral Environmental Agreements that are related to biodiversity and ecosystem services, and building on existing processes ensuring synergy and complementarities in each other's work