20 September 2015 - 24 September 2015
Bonn, Germany

IPBES meeting on Land Degradation and Restoration

First Author Meeting For Land Degradation and Restoration with the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

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IIASA's Ecosystems Services and Management Program Director Michael Obersteiner is the Coordinating Lead Author for Chapter 7 of the Assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration.

The Assessment will cover: the global status of and trends in land degradation, by region and land cover type; the effect of degradation on biodiversity values, ecosystem services and human well-being; and the state of knowledge, by region and land cover type, of ecosystem restoration extent and options.

The assessment would enhance the knowledge base for policies for addressing land degradation, desertification and the restoration of degraded land.


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 recognized by both the scientific and policy communities to synthesize, review, assess and critically evaluate relevant information and knowledge generated worldwide by governments, academia, scientific organizations, non-governmental organizations 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 to strengthen capacity for the effective use of science in decision-making at all levels. IPBES will also aim to address the needs of Multilateral Environmental Agreements that are related to biodiversity and ecosystem services, and build on existing processes ensuring synergy and complementarities in each others work.

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Michael Obersteiner

Principal Research Scholar Exploratory Modeling of Human-natural Systems Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program

Event Organizer

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
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