An international push to protect global biodiversity organized by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)will take centre stage in Bonn, Germany. As part of its first scientific meeting, scientists will thrash out the details of the pollinator assessment, which includes analyses of the causes of the decline in bee populations and how it might affect food production.
The scope of the assessment initiated by IPBES will cover changes in animal pollination as a regulating ecosystem service that underpins food production and its contribution to gene flows and restoration of ecosystems. It will address the role of native and exotic pollinators, the status of and trends in pollinators and pollination networks and services, drivers of change, impacts on human well-being, food production of pollination declines and deficits and the effectiveness of responses to pollination declines and deficits.
The assessment is required for enhancing policy responses to declines and deficits in pollination. It aims to identify policy-relevant findings for decision-making in government, the private sector and civil society, as well as helping to demonstrate how an essential ecosystem service contributes to the post-2015 development agenda.
STEP will play active part in the event and the production of the corresponding deliverable with project co-ordinator Simon Potts as a co-chair and Josef Settele, Koos Biesmeijer, Nicola Gallai as coordinating lead authors and Alexandra Klein, Hajnalka Szentgyorgyi, Tom Breeze, Riccardo Bommarco as lead authors.