Global biodiversity panel urged to heed local voices
SciDev.Net, 3 May 2013

PARIS, FRANCE: A stakeholder meeting of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was held from 29-30 April 2013 in Paris, France. A key issue that emerged was how to involve voices from the global South, including those of indigenous communities, traditional and local knowledge holders, women, and civil society organizations. Experts are concerned the panel could become ensnared by northern government agendas, private-sector lobbying or the interests of the vocal conservation sector, at the expense of livelihood concerns and biodiversity priorities of local communities in the developing world. And many insiders are worried that the IPBES bureau and multidisciplinary expert panel are already too skewed towards conventional scientific voices and government ministries, and are failing to represent more diverse voices and communities in developing countries. Read the article …