ACCRA– West African eperts are meeting in Accra to facilitate networking activities in support of the implementation of the Inter-governmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), an independent inter-governmental body aimed at strengthening knowledge foundations for a better policy through science, for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.
Particularly, the participants will discuss IPBES thematic, methodological and regional and global assessments, and also make propositions of strategies for adoption by various governments.
In addition, the three-day meeting will serve as a platform for the experts to exchange ideas on IPBES-relevant issues, activities and strengthen the connections among West African experts on biodiversity and ecosystems.
Dr George Essegbey, the Director of Science and Technology Policy Research Institute of Ghana’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), called for strong commitment of stakeholders to ensure that IPBES’s objective to provide policy-makers with scientific assessments about the state of biodiversity, ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people, as well as the tools and methods to protect and ensure sustainable use is achieved.
A series of reports, he noted, had highlighted that there is clear and substantial evidence that human activities are threatening environmental heritage.
The dangers of land degradation, Dr Essegbey said, cost the equivalent of about 10 per cent of the world’s annual gross product in 2010 through the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK