Biodiv Sci ›› 2020, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (10): 1286-1291.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2019372

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The latest developments of IPBES and China’s countermeasures

Yuxue Pan, Boya Zhang, Yang Wu, Fengbin Dai, Yu Tian*()   

  1. State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental and Sciences, Beijing 100012
  • Received:2019-11-25 Accepted:2020-03-19 Online:2020-10-20 Published:2020-10-20
  • Contact: Yu Tian


The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the first intergovernmental policy mechanism for biodiversity conservation. To date, IPBES has greatly affected the development and implementation of global biodiversity and ecosystem protection policies and has significantly increasing global policymakers’ concern on biodiversity. IPBES held its 7th Plenary Session in April 2019 in Paris, France. The plenary summarized the achievements of the goals in its first work programme (2014-2019), and approved the second work programme (2019-2030), which will guide the crucial work and assessments of the next decade. This paper analyzed IPBES progress and main points of IPBES members based on objectives in the two work programmes, and proposed China’s countermeasures. Based on the IPBES assessments, biodiversity related issues are becoming more diversified and complex. IPBES is further mainstreaming and politicizing biodiversity conservation issues by launching a series of deliverables. As China is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, we recommend China recognize the important role of IPBES and enhance its initiative and voice in relevant negotiations by encouraging active participation in IPBES processes, strengthening cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration, and promoting international cooperation and exchanges.

Key words: biodiversity, ecosystem services, Second Work Programme (2019-2030), IPBES