“Nature across most of the globe has now been significantly altered by multiple human drivers, with the great majority of indicators of ecosystems and biodiversity showing rapid decline.” (p. 11)
“Human actions threaten more species with global extinction now than ever before.” (p. 11)
“Climate change is a direct driver that is increasingly exacerbating the impact of other drivers on nature and human well-being.” (p. 13)
“In the past 50 years, the human population has doubled, the global economy has grown nearly fourfold and global trade has grown tenfold, together driving up the demand for energy and materials.” (p. 13)
Those are four sentences taken out from the IPBES summary for policymakers of the “Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”, the first intergovernmental report about the global state of nature, ecosystems and ecosystem services ever.
Now, the final version of the IPBES report is available and worth reading:
IPBES Global Assessment Report Summary for Policymakers
For more information about the Global Assessment Report, IPBES 7 and the attendance of around 30 GCE students, please click here:
IPBES 7 – 2019
Author: Valentin Lang
I studied the bachelor´s programme “Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation international” in Greifswald and have continued to study the master´s programme “Global Change Ecology” in Bayreuth since 2018.