Biodiversity and ecosystems for a planet under pressure

A series of policy briefs, for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), will provide scientific inputs to the 2012 international conference, "Planet Under Pressure: new knowledge towards solutions" (  The International Council for Science (ICSU) will highlight and distribute the policy briefs during the Rio+20 global Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee Meetings.

Through DIVERSITAS, we have produced the Rio+20 policy brief #4, "Biodiversity and ecosystems for a planet under pressure"

"The briefs specifically target policy-makers, aiming to give them access to the latest scientific thinking. Each tackles an issue of importance to the Rio+20 conference and sustainable development in general, with a focus on the Green Economy and the Institutional Framework for sustainable development"

The final set of 9 Policy Briefs include those for: Water security, Food security, Biodiversity and ecosystems, Transforming governance and institutions, Interconnected risks and challenges, Energy security, Health, Well-being, and Green economy.

Our Policy Brief Rio+20 policy brief #4:Biodiversity and ecosystems for a planet under pressure recommended four priority areas to stem biodiversity loss while supporting "sustainable and fair development".

Our recommendations included those for more effective and integrated land and ocean-use planning, and improved information on the spatial distribution of biodiversity and ecosystem benefits

Authors: Sandra Díaz, Belinda Reyers, Thomas Bergendorff, Lijbert Brussaard, David Cooper, Wolfgang Cramer, Anantha Duraiappah, Thomas Elmqvist, Daniel P. Faith, Gustavo Fonseca, Thomas Hammond, Louise E. Jackson, Cornelia Krug, Anne Larigauderie, Paul W. Leadley, Philippe Le Prestre, Mark Lonsdale, Thomas E. Lovejoy, Georgina M. Mace, Hiroyuki Matsuda, Harold A. Mooney, Anne-Hélène Prieur-Richard, Mirjam Pulleman, Eugene A. Rosa, Robert J. Scholes, Eva Spehn, Billie L. Turner II, Meryl J. Williams, Tetsukazu Yahara.

Dr Dan Faith , Senior Principal Research Scientist email:danfaith8[at]
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