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The IPBES Conceptual Framework: An Unhelpful Start

  • D. S. MaierEmail author
  • A. Feest
Review Paper

Abstract

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) have recently launched themselves as the UN-sanctioned instrument for conserving nature. They seek to establish themselves as the authority in this field alongside the well-known Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in climate science. Quickly following or even before recent publication of their conceptual framework in two biology journals, they were already underway building upon it. This headlong push, we believe, is ill advised. We show how the framework is unsound as a foundation for further work—in a number of ways and perhaps even by its authors’ own lights. It is therefore urgent that the IPBES thoroughly and thoughtfully reconsider their framework before too much effort is wasted.

Keywords

Biodiversity Conservation Economic valuation Ecosystem services Stakeholders Sustainable development Value 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SebastopolUSA
  2. 2.University of BristolBristolUK
  3. 3.Ecosulis Ltd.BathUK

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