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Our landscapes need to be managed appropriately to ensure the sustainable delivery of benefits to society such as clean water, food production and flood protection. Currently we do not truly understand the linkages between biodiversity within landscapes and services flows. Without this knowledge we are managing our landscapes under great uncertainty.

Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) is a six-year (2011-2017) NERC research programme, designed to reduce that uncertainty. It will answer fundamental questions about the functional role of biodiversity in key ecosystem processes at the landscape scale and how these are likely to change in an uncertain future.

Our aim is to provide an improved evidence base for those managing our landscapes so they are in a much better position to make decisions about the inevitable trade-offs required to ensure our sustainable futures.

** Upcoming Events

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EKN Conference: Building Prosperous Cities The role of natural capital and green infrastructure

27th September 2016 9.30am – 5pm
City Hall, London

The conference will address questions such as: What is the added value of ‘natural capital’ and ‘green infrastructure’ for city-scale planning, design and management? How do we involve urban citizens and secure investment to enhance the green infrastructure required for prosperous cities?

Click here (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/news-and-events/255-ekn-conference-building-prosperous-cities-the-role-of-natural-capital-and-green-infrastructure) for more information and booking…

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** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme
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** IPBES Seeks Expert Reviewers
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Expert reviewers are currently being sought for the First Order Draft reviews of the IPBES thematic assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration (http://www.ipbes.net/work-programme/land-degradation-and-restoration) , and the four regional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services: Africa (http://www.ipbes.net/work-programme/africa-assessment) ; Americas (http://www.ipbes.net/work-programme/americas-assessment) ; Asia Pacific (http://www.ipbes.net/work-programme/asia-pacific-assessment) ; and, Europe and Central Asia (http://www.ipbes.net/work-programme/europe-and-central-asia-assessment) .

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES) is a science-policy interface established to provide a robust evidence base, together with the necessary tools and local capacity, to help decision makers around the world identify solutions to pressures on global ecosystems and loss of biodiversity; thereby securing long term human wellbeing and sustainable development.

This requires a multi-disciplinary approach and, as such, experts are needed from a number of disciplines: natural science, social science, economics, data and modelling and traditional knowledge. The importance of thorough review by leading global experts, which many BESS participants are, is invaluable to ensuring that the work of IPBES is credible, relevant and legitimate.

Registration opened on 30 May and the review runs for six weeks to 11 July.

Please note that the first order drafts are confidential and, as such, the review process can take up to 48hrs. To develop a UK government view of the assessments it would be helpful (if they are happy to do so) for experts to copy their responses to the Stakeholder Hub (IPBES@jncc.gov.uk (mailto:IPBES@jncc.gov.uk) ).

The email sent to the UK IPBES stakeholder list managed by JNCC can be read here (https://nercbess.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/ipbes-call-for-experts-first-order-draft-expert-reviewers-for-thematic-assessment-on-land-degradation-and-restoration-and-the-four-regional-assessments-on-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-services/) .
If you have any queries regarding the call and/or would like to be included in the UK IPBES stakeholder list to ensure you receive updates regarding IPBES, the UK IPBES Stakeholder Hub can be contacted at IPBES@jncc.gov.uk (mailto:IPBES@jncc.gov.uk)

For further details of the review, you can also visit the UK IPBES stakeholder engagement website (http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-5871) .

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