From March 25 to 29, 2019, the Nippon Foundation-University of British Columbia Nereus Program and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies are hosting the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES) Scenarios and Models expert group as they hope to develop visions and pathways for the future relationship between nature and human society.
The IPBES is an independent intergovernmental body, whose objective is to assess the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems, and the essential services they provide to society. The scenarios the group is working on could influence the next generation of policy and decision making around biodiversity and ecosystem services.
“If we can create scenarios and metrics that allow us to recognize the quantifiable benefits that nature is providing people, as well as the more intangible, harmonized, and cultural benefits, then maybe governments would be more incentivized to pay more attention to protecting biodiversity.” Dr. Carolyn Lundquist, principal scientist at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, and member of IPBES.
This townhall will bring IPBES members together for a panel discussion on their work informing policies for sustainable development.
Moderator: William Cheung (2017 Wall Scholar, UBC, IPBES assessment Lead Author)
Henrique Miguel Pereira (co-chair, IPBES Scenarios and Models)
Carolyn Lundquist (co-chair, IPBES Scenarios and Models)
Terre Satterfield (IPBES Global Assessment Lead Author)
Eefje den Belder (IPBES Secretariat)