The GECS present at the IPBES Plenary Meeting in Germany

The GECS present at the IPBES Plenary Meeting in Germany

Between October 3 and 10 2022, the ninth Plenary Meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES Home page/IPBES secretariat) was held in the city of Bonn, Germany. On that occasion, representatives of the 139 member states met to evaluate and approve the "Evaluation of the Sustainable Use of Wild Species" and the "Methodological Evaluation of the Various Values ​​and Assessments of Nature." Two members of the GECS were present at the plenary: Dr. Gabriela Lichtenstein, lead author of chapter of the “Assessment of the Sustainable Use of Wild Species”, and member of the IUCN delegation; and Dr. Bibiana Vilá, Member for Latin America of the Multidisciplinary Panel of Experts-MEP of IPBES.

The Sustainable Use Assessment is the product of the work of 85 experts and 200 authors, from 33 countries who surveyed over three years, more than 6,200 publications. The report highlights the importance of sustainable use for the livelihoods of billions of people in the world, both for its extractive uses and for non-extractive practices. The evaluation offers perspectives, analysis and tools to establish a more sustainable use and identifies favorable public policies and future scenarios. The management of vicuñas by Andean communities is used as a case study to illustrate the co-production of knowledge between scientists and local communities; the importance of strengthening customary institutions, supporting access rights for local communities, promoting intergenerational and multicultural education, as well as equity in the distribution of benefits.

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Caption Photo 1: Dr. Gabriela Lichtenstein (center) and Dr. Bibiana Vilá (right) GECS representatives at the IX IPBES Meeting in Germany.