By Azman Zakaria
SERDANG, Sept 9 - Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Faculty of Forestry Lecturer, Prof. Datin Dr. Faridah Hanum Ibrahim has been picked to sit in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), based in Bonn, Germany.
She has been appointed as the Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) for Assessments on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Asia and the Pacific Region. Her appointment was made known through a letter by IPBES Executive Secretary.
IPBES is an independent intergovernmental body established on April 21, 2012, by 94 governments to further strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.
It is 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.
The letter of appointment states that it has witnessed positive trends such as increasing awareness and expansion in the protection of forest cover and areas as well as reduction in the region’s carbon footprint in the Asia Pacific Region.
However, within this generic scope, the assessment for Asia Pacific is that it will be facing challenges across the region, including climate change and its impact on the environment and human beings, population growth, poverty and consumption of natural resources.
The letter also states that issues specific to sub-regions in Asia Pacific will be addressed, such as the interplay between food, water and energy security, biodiversity and livelihood, waste management, and cooperative management of critical ecosystems shared by more than one country - UPM.
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