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(May 6) Natures Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

On May 6th, 2019, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released the much anticipated report outlining that nature is declining globally at a rate unprecedented in human history. “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide,” says the IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson.

The IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is considered the most comprehensive ever created, building on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment of 2005 and for the first time ever at this scale, drawing on indigenous and local knowledge. The Report states that around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction within decades.

However there is hope, The Report provides useful policy recommendations that will contribute to the ‘transformative change’ required to slow the global loss of biodiversity. One such recommendation that ACT is advancing is “in urban areas, among others: promotion of nature-based solutions; increasing access to urban services and a healthy urban environment for low-income communities; improving access to green spaces; sustainable production and consumption and ecological connectivity within urban spaces, particularly with native species.” ACT is currently working to advance biodiversity-led green infrastructure approaches at the regional scale to build resilience to the impacts of climate change while providing habitat for species forced to migrate as local climatic conditions change.

For more information on ACT’s work to advance biodiversity-led green infrastructure, click here.

To read the IPBES media release and the summary for policymakers, click here.

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