CoKnow goes Columbia: The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services meets in Medellin (IPBES-6)

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, IPBES, aims to provide policy makers with objective and reliable information on the state and evolution of biodiversity and its ecosystem services. The sixth meeting of this Intergovernmental Panel on Scientific Policy Advice (IPBES-6) took place between the 17th and the 24th of March 2018. The venue was in Medellin, Colombia.

Jennifer Hauck represented both, CoKnow Consulting and Helmholtz Center for Environmental Resarch (UFZ). As coordinating lead author, she supported the regional assessment process for Europe and Central Asia and represented the work of the IPBES expert group on scenarios and models.


The current report on land degradation and recovery clearly demonstrates that the decline of biodiversity (the diversity of ecosystems and species as well as genetic diversity within species) on earth will cause massive problems in the future and, above all, will have alarming effects on human well-being.

The report includes four regional reports on biodiversity in Asia Pacific, Americas, Africa and Europe / Central Asia and a report on global soil quality. The main focus is on the general significance of biodiversity, on global threats, but also on positive developments and recommendations for political actors and institutions.

According to more than 550 experts from around 100 countries, the decline in biological diversity also has economic, social and security consequences.

Please find further information on IPBES-Website

or in the press release.

Foto: Irene Ring

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