On Wednesday, IPBES-7 delegates met in a brief plenary to take stock of progress in the morning before continuing negotiating the summary for policymakers (SPM) of the Global Assessment in a working group. A second working group met in the afternoon to begin discussions on the Platform’s second work programme.
The discussion of the SPM focused on sections with key messages on drivers of changes in nature and on the prospects of achieving conservation of nature and sustainable development. Highlights of the working group included discussions on the following issues:
References to human population growth and global trade as drivers of biodiversity decline and the role of consumption patterns and technological change in moderating impacts on natural systems;
The relationship between unequal access to material goods and how inequality can lead to social conflict that impacts nature;
The relationship between climate change and biodiversity loss;
The appropriate way to describe the impact of economic incentives for harmful economic activities; and
Transformative change as a strategy to achieve goals for conserving and sustainably using nature, and evidence from scenarios and models showing the impact of policy measures on the prospect for achieving such goals.
In the afternoon, a second working group began discussing the future work programme of the Platform, based on a proposal to prioritize three topics: promoting biodiversity to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; understanding the underlying causes of biodiversity loss and determinants of transformative change to achieve the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity; and measuring business impact and dependence on biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people. Delegates exchanged views on which proposed assessment reports to prioritize, with many pointing to transformative change, as well as the reports addressing the nexus between biodiversity, water, food, and health on the one hand, and biodiversity and climate change on the other.
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports from IPBES-7. In addition, IISD Reporting Services, will publish a summary and analysis report of IPBES-7 on Tuesday, 7 May 2019.
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