Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

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.

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About Tatiana Koveshnikova

My research interests can be broadly described as economic valuation of ecological benefits, including practical applications. As a project coordinator at CVC I guide research initiatives relating to ecosystem services. Over the past year I was involved in a number of projects at CVC, including ongoing Ecosystem Services and Human Well-being in the Credit River Watershed. Prior to coming to CVC, I was working as a private consultant/research analyst on a number of research projects focusing on the valuation of ecosystem services, non-market valuation and socio-economic dynamic modelling.

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