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Negotiating biodiversity at the IPBES world conference

Posted on 25-02-2016 by Koos Biesmeijer

This week, our scientific director Koos Biesmeijer is attending the IPBES conference on biodiversity: Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

125 countries are discussing the research report on pollination, one chapter of which is written by Koos and his colleagues.

Pollination is important for biodiversity. 80% of all plants is pollinated by animals. Bees and other insects are very important for our food production. Without a rich and diverse landscape with a great variety of plants and flowers, pollinators cannot survive.

Koos already knows: “Of most pollinating insects, we have no idea what their status is. We need a good monitoring system, a ‘Google Earth of Pollination’. Which species of pollinator is where on our planet, and where have they been in the past? If we want to make sure that we have sufficient nutrition in future, we need to be able to predict whether wild pollinators are at the places we need them to be. And if they are not, we can do something to improve the situation: supply them with a place to build their nest and sufficient food. Bed & Breakfast.”

130 countries will be discussing the research report word by word. At the end of the conference, the report should be approved by all. A challenge, to say the least. Negotiations are ongoing until late in the evening. Koos is sharing his experience at IPBES on this blog.

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