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"Invasive Alien Species and their Control"



  Apr 25, 2024

"Invasive Alien Species and their Control"



10TH PLENARY OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL SCIENCE-POLICY PLATFORM ON BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES (IPBES)

What is the focus of the 10th plenary of IPBES?

The 10th plenary of IPBES, held in Bonn, Germany, focuses on approving the scientific assessment report on "Invasive Alien Species and their Control." This report is crucial as invasive alien species are significant drivers of biodiversity loss.

What are invasive alien species and why are they significant?

Invasive alien species are plants, animals, or pathogens that are non-native to an ecosystem and whose introduction and spread cause environmental harm, economic loss, or harm to human health. They are considered one of the primary drivers of biodiversity loss globally.

What is the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF)?

Adopted in December 2022 by 193 members of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the GBF sets out 23 targets to be met by 2030 to safeguard ecosystems, species, and genetic diversity. One of these targets, Target 6, specifically focuses on reducing the impacts of invasive alien species.

What does Target 6 of the GBF entail?

Target 6 aims to eliminate, minimize, reduce, and mitigate the impacts of invasive alien species on biodiversity and ecosystem services by 2030. It includes specific goals such as preventing and reducing the rate of introduction and establishment of invasive alien species by at least 50% by 2030.

How do IPBES reports contribute to global biodiversity conservation?

IPBES reports provide a critical, authoritative source of knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services, influencing international policy and actions. For example, IPBES's assessment reports were instrumental in shaping the scientific basis for the GBF.

What other assessments is IPBES currently working on?

IPBES is working on three additional assessments, which are expected to be completed by 2030:

1. The nexus assessment on the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food, and health.

2. The transformative change assessment on the underlying causes of biodiversity loss and options for achieving the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity.

3.The business and biodiversity assessment on the impact and dependence of business on biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people.

Why is the 10th plenary significant for future biodiversity policy?

The 10th plenary is IPBES's first meeting since the adoption of the GBF and will likely shape the implementation of its targets through rigorous scientific assessments. The decisions and reports ratified at this plenary will guide global efforts to conserve biodiversity effectively.

These FAQs provide a comprehensive overview of the ongoing efforts and commitments discussed during the 10th plenary session of IPBES, underlining the significant role of scientific assessment in global biodiversity conservation strategies.


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