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    Author(s): Jake Rice; Cristiana Simão Seixas; María Elena Zaccagnini; Mauricio BedoyaGaitán; Natalia Valderrama; Christopher B. Anderson; Mary T. K. Arroyo; Mercedes Bustamante; Jeannine Cavender-Bares; Antonio Diaz-de-Leon; Siobhan Fennessy; Jaime Ricardo García Márquez; Keisha Garcia; Eileen H. Helmer; Bernal Herrera; Brian Klatt; Jean P. Ometo; Vanesa Rodríguez Osuna; Fabio R. Scarano; Steven Schill; Juliana Sampaio Farinaci
    Date: 2018
    Source: IPBES book
    Publication Series: Book
    Station: International Institute of Tropical Forestry
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    The Regional Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for the Americas produced by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) provides a critical analysis of the state of knowledge regarding the importance, status, and trends of biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people. The assessment analyses the direct and underlying causes for the observed changes in biodiversity and in nature’s contributions to people, and the impact that these changes have on the quality of life of people. The assessment, finally, identifies a mix of governance options, policies and management practices that are currently available to reduce the loss of biodiversity and of nature’s contributions to people in that region. The assessment addresses terrestrial, freshwater, and coastal biodiversity and covers current status and trends, going back in time several decades, and future projections, with a focus on the 2020-2050 period.

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    Rice, J.; Seixas, C.S.; Zaccagnini, M.E.; Bedoya-Gaitán, M.; Valderrama, N.; Anderson, C.B.; Arroyo, M.T.K.; Bustamante, M.; Cavender-Bares, J.; Diaz-de-Leon, A.; Fennessy, S.; García Márquez, J. R.; Garcia, K.; Helmer, E.H.; Herrera, B.; Klatt, B.; Ometo, J.P.; Rodríguez Osuna, V.; Scarano, F.R.; Schill, S.; Farinaci, J. S. (eds.). 2018. Summary for policymakers of the regional assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services for the Americas of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. IPBES secretariat, Bonn, Germany. 41 pages.


    biodiversity, ecosystem services, nature, people, regional assessment, governance, policy

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