IPBES-2 starts in Turkey's Antalya

The second meeting of the IPBES began in Turkey's southern province of Antalya.

IPBES-2 starts in Turkey's Antalya

World Bulletin / News Desk

The second meeting of Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) began Monday in Turkey's southern province of Antalya with the participation of 94 countries including Turkey.

Hosting the representatives of UN and non-governmental organisations, IPBES-2 started with a stand in silence in memory of former South African president Nelson Mandela.

UNEP Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Ibrahim Thiaw stressed that the nature offered every type of needed sources to human beings and that abusing the nature went too far.

"Healthy ecosystems provide invaluable services that underpin development for the billions who depend on nature and biodiversity for their livelihoods - for nature is the wealth of the poor," he said.

"IPBES will help ensure that countries have direct access to sound scientific knowledge for development planning and for the full integration of ecosystem services in our accounting systems."

Thiaw said IPBES was fast gaining momentum, as he said they joined Monday's meeting by 100 member states, 24 observers and 89 stakeholder organisations.

IPBES will stop the loss of bio-diversity by 2020, said Turkish Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs Nurettin Akman voicing his expectations that in 2014 IPBES will start realising the already existing projects in Turkey which have been prepared since 2008.

The objective of IPBES is to strengthen the science-policy interface for bio-diversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of bio-diversity, long term human well-being and sustainable development.

IPBES-2 will be held in Antalya from December 9 to 14, 2013, hosted by Turkish government.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Aralık 2013, 18:00