Berta Martín-López interview: The paradigm of nature’s contributions to people

Recently Future Earth interviewed Dr Berta Martín-López, from the PECS SC, regarding the concepts of Nature’s Contributions to People and Indigenous and Local Knowledge.

Outside of PECS, Berta is Professor in Sustainability Science at the Institute of Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research (IETSR) at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. In the context of IPBES she is Coordinating Lead Author for Chapter 2 of the Regional Evaluation Report for Europe and Central Asia, and chapter editor of Deliverable 3(a).

Here is a link to the full interview. It can also be found in Spanish.

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About the recent IPBES plenary in Medellin

Over 550 scientists from more than 100 countries warn that human well-being is at risk because biological diversity, the basis of our food, drinking water and energy, is in decline. Their concern is based on the four regional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services—covering the Americas, Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Europe and Central Asia—approved by the sixth session of the Plenary of IPBES (IPBES-6) that took place during the third week of March 2018 in Medellin, Colombia. The purpose of the Plenary was to build global agreements in an effort to solve the problems that put at risk the sustainability of life on the planet.

After three years of development and around USD 5 million, the Regional Assessment Reports on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of IPBES have involved the review of thousands of scientific articles, as well as government reports and other sources of information, including indigenous and local knowledge. These documents represent the most important joint contributions of experts in this decade regarding the understanding of nature and its contributions to people, offering routes for future actions. To access the SPMs of the four regions, visit The full reports (including all data) will be published later in 2018.