Conservation and restoration of nature: challenges and solutions for the future of the planet
Bernardo Strassburg, IIS´director, presented the main results of the Global Biodiversity Assessment published by the Intergovernmental Platform for Scientific Policies on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in his lecture held at the “Museu do Amanhã”, (Rio de Janeiro). The Report, published in May 2019, is the most comprehensive ever completed. It is the first intergovernmental Report of its kind and builds on the landmark Millennium Ecosystem Assessment of 2005, introducing innovative ways of evaluating evidence. Compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries over the past three years, with inputs from another 310 contributing authors, the Report assesses changes over the past five decades, providing a comprehensive picture of the relationship between economic development pathways and their impacts on nature. It also offers a range of possible scenarios for the coming decades.
According to Bernardo, one of the study’s lead authors, the great goals we set for the conservation and preservation of nature are perfectly feasible. We already know what needs to be done to achieve them, and in fact, we are already doing it. What we need is to scale up, and social mobilization is critical to realizing these transformative changes needed to secure the future of the planet.