IPBES Summary for Policymakers

BiodIPBES Executive Summary Report Europeiversity – the essential variety of life forms on Earth – continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature’s capacity to contribute to people’s well-being. This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere, according to four landmark science reports, written by more than 550 leading experts, from over 100 countries.

The result of three years of work, the four regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services cover the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Africa, as well as Europe and Central Asia – the entire planet except the poles and the open oceans. The assessment reports were approved by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), in Medellín, Colombia, at the 6th session of its Plenary. IPBES has 129 State Members.

Summary reports for Policymakers are available for the four regions: Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Europe and Central Asia. The complete reports (inclusive of all data) will be published later in 2018.

Protected Planet Report 2016

The IUCN Protected Planet Report 2016The IUCN Protected Planet Report 2016 assesses how protected areas contribute to achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and relevant targets of the Sustainable Development Goals, and highlights current research and case studies as examples of the role protected areas play in conserving biodiversity and cultural heritage.

 

The Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index 2016

The Global Competitiveness Index 2016The Global Sustainable Competiveness Ranking 2016 pdf is topped by Sweden, followed by the other four Nordic nations.
 
Key take-aways - some surprising, others not-so-surprising - of the 2016 Index include: The Sustainable Competitiveness Index is topped by Scandinavian nations for the 5th consecutive year. The Top 10 is filled other North-Western European Nations (Switzerland, Luxembourg, Ireland, Austria - and Slovenia on rank 6).
 
The only non-European country in the top 20 are Japan (11), New Zealand (12) and Canada (16). Germany ranks 14, the UK 21, and the World’s largest economy, the US, is ranked 32. The US ranks particularely low in Social Cohesion and Resource Intensity