How to Address the Growing Nature Crunch and Ecosystem Crisis

Nairobi/Kenya, 7 November 2008 - Close to one hundred governments meet in Putrajaya, Malaysia from 10 to 12 November to discuss the best global response to the loss of biodiversity, ecosystems and the multi-trillion dollar goods and services they generate.

Governments and delegates from around the world will discuss the pros and cons of establishing an authoritative scientific Intergovernmental Platform or Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

The proposed body would in some ways mirror the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which has validated the science of climate change, the economics of action versus inaction and the options for policy-makers.

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas, Malaysia's Minister of Natural Resources & Environment, will hold a press conference at 11:30 am on Monday 10 November at the Putrajaya International Conference Centre, Malaysia.

For more information please contact:

Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson/Head of Media, on Tel: +254 (0) 733 632755; Mobile when travelling +41 79 596 57 37, or

Anne-France White, UNEP Associate Information Officer, on Tel: +254 (0)20 762 3088; Mobile in Kenya: +254 (0)728 600 494, or E-mail:


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