Creation by the UN of a new scientific body on biodiversity, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), major step forward, says UK government. 4 December  “Biodiversity is important in its own right but it is also essential to maintaining the ecosystems on which we all depend. If biodiversity loss continues we risk destabilising ecosystems which may have serious implications for human well-being, especially in Developing Countries. This new platform will help to mobilise the world’s scientific community, and bring scientists and policy-makers together, to find solutions to these problems.” Defra Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor Bob Watson
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Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), an independent platform which will in many ways mirror the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to be set up, 21 December 
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