The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) announced a financial contribution to its work on biodiversity science and policy by the BNP Paribas Foundation.

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IPBES is an independent intergovernmental body comprising 139 member Governments and many non-governmental observer organisations established by Governments in 2012. The group provides policymakers with objective scientific assessments about the state of knowledge regarding the planet’s biodiversity, ecosystems and the contributions they make to people, as well as the tools and methods to protect and sustainably use these vital natural assets. 

Last year, IPBES has received an award from the Fondation Prince Albert II of Monaco for the efforts and work of its entire community.

“This prize is a tribute to the entire IPBES community. It recognizes and rewards the efforts of the thousands of scientists and holders of indigenous and local knowledge from all regions of the world who have volunteered their time and expertise to IPBES over the past 10 years.”

IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie

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Philantropy

The philanthropic arm of one of the biggest banking groups in the world has committed significant, non-earmarked support to IPBES. It is the first corporate foundation to do so.

“Action for climate and preservation of biodiversity is at the heart of BNP Paribas’ environmental and social commitment policy. To address this major challenge, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been very active since 2010 through its Climate & Biodiversity Initiative programme. (…) It is our conviction that collective action represents a concrete way to face present and future environmental challenges.”

Isabelle Giordano, Head of Group Philanthropy and General Delegate of the BNP Paribas Foundation

“In the past, philanthropic activities have often focused primarily on social issues, and they have been able to effect positive change in many ways. So, it is exciting to see the science and policy of biodiversity now rising to a higher level of philanthropic priority. We all depend on a healthy planet, and with the right support we can really make a difference.”

Dr. Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of IPBES

Including the contribution to IPBES, the BNP Paribas Foundation has pledged to mobilize a total of 6 million euros in financing for the protection of biodiversity and climate change, using the research and evidence from IPBES to help inform their actions and to better understand their impacts.

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IPBES contribution

Since its inception, IPBES has produced 8 assessment reports alerting the world to the facts that:

  • Biodiversity and nature are being degraded at a rate and scale unprecedented in human history;
  • 1 million plants and animal species are at risk of extinction
  • The loss of biodiversity is affecting the capacity of our ecosystems to function and to deliver essential contributions to people such as the capacity to pollinate our crops or to mitigate against climate change.
  • There is not only one environmental crisis but two interconnected crises: climate change and biodiversity loss.

IPBES is currently working on a number of new expert assessments. This week in Montpellier, France, it is hosting the first author meeting of the new Transformative Change Assessment on the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, determinants of transformative change and options for achieving the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity. This will be followed, next week in Frankfurt, Germany, by the first author meeting for the Nexus Assessment, which analyzes the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health.

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Source: IPBES