17.000 to 17:45
STCC, Auditorium A
Nature on the brink – a view from inside the battle to save biodiversity, with IPBES former chair
Biodiversity loss is undermining the ability of most countries to achieve most of the sustainable development goals.
Biodiversity is being lost at a historic rate, a hundred to thousand times faster than evolutionary loss. It is undermining the ability of most countries to achieve most of the sustainable development goals, in particular, food, water, and human security. While everyone in the world is affected by the loss of biodiversity, it is the most vulnerable nations and the poorest people who will be most adversely affected.
Based on the findings of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) global, regional and land degradation and restoration assessments, Sir Robert Watson will demonstrate that the loss of biodiversity, like human-induced climate change, is more than an environmental problem, it is a development, economic, social and moral issue. He will discuss the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders, and present case studies from different regions of the world showing that action on the ground can lead to successful outcomes.