This is the ONES inventory of other organizations and networks that our members believe to be relevant to ecosystem services in Ontario. Click on a specific item to access its full record, including any comments about it from ONES members. If you uploaded a specific item, you will also be able to edit it. If something is missing, please click here to grow this part of the ONES inventory.
IPBES was established in April 2012, as an independent intergovernmental body open to all member countries of the United Nations. The members are committed to building IPBES as the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet’s biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society.
IPBES provides a mechanism recognized by both the scientific and policy communities to synthesize, review, assess and critically evaluate relevant information and knowledge generated worldwide by governments, academia, scientific organizations, non-governmental organizations and indigenous communities. This involves a credible group of experts in conducting assessments of such information and knowledge in a transparent way. IPBES is unique in that it will aim to strengthen capacity for the effective use of science in decision-making at all levels. IPBES will also aim to address the needs of Multilateral Environmental Agreements that are related to biodiversity and ecosystem services, and build on existing processes ensuring synergy and complementarities in each other’s work.
Our mission is to connect McGillians and Montrealers with the ecosystems around them, and show how nature contributes to our quality of life. Our website is a place to read informative, engaging and interesting stories about how our daily lives are connected to nature and the ecosystems in and around Montreal. Since we’re scientists, we also want to highlight some of the incredible science behind these connections, in an accessible and understandable way.
Pursuant to the United Nations Environment Programme executive director’s letter on February 15, 2013, all member states submitted their National Focal Point contact details to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Secretariat. The National Focal Point contact list contains Canada’s key point of contact on the IPBES panel.
Last month, an article and editorial were published in Nature that framed our community as one divided into warring ideological factions, concentrated on squabbles about semantics rather than debates about substance.
Our response has demonstrated that we are anything but.
Last week, Nature published several letters that were received in response, including a joint letter from ourselves, ESP and TEEB, and a letter from IPBES alongside several others.
All letters embody the same core message; that we are committed to working together to protect and enhance the natural world, and that we welcome a diversity of opinions, terminologies and values in this mission.
Many of the leading voices in biodiversity and ecosystems research have also come forward in support of this message.
As we wrote in May: “The more diverse an ecosystem, the more resilient it will be, as it will contain many species with overlapping ecological functions that can be mutually strengthening.
When it comes to systems change, it’s clear that diversity in approach can play the same role as biological diversity plays in an ecosystem. Diversity means many different relationships, and different approaches, working in partnership to solve a common challenge.”
We look forward to continuing these conservations and strengthening the bonds that hold our community together at the Natural Capital Week in Paris this November (26 – 30).
With the support of Metcalf Foundation, Ontario Nature initiated a project on biodiversity offsetting in July 2013 to explore the issues, risks and benefits of biodiversity offsetting with a diverse group of stakeholders and its implications in a policy context. This report presents the first-year results of this project.
Webinar: An Introduction to the National Ecosystem Services Classification System
Start date: 2016/01/14 – End date: 2016/01/14
Join the National Ecosystem Services Partnership at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions for the first in a two-part webinar series that provides an overview of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Ecosystem Services Classification System tool and its relationship to the Final Ecosystem Goods and Services Classification System, .
The EPA’s Charles Rhodes and Dixon Landers will discuss similarities and differences between these two tools.
When: 1-2 p.m. ET Jan. 14