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IDB-2016-logo-EnInternational Day of Biological Diversity celebrations

The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was celebrated globally on 22 May 2016 on the theme ‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods’. The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 13) will return to the same theme in Cancun, Mexico from 4 to 17 December 2016. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the UN emphasised the importance of mainstreaming biodiversity and of halting biodiversity loss. He added that the anticipated expansion of sectors that both depend on and affect biodiversity – including agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture – will pose a significant challenge to halting biodiversity loss in the coming decades.

Launch of “Biodiversity and ecosystem services fundamentals”IPIECA cover

Written by TBC on behalf of IPIECA-IOGP, this is the flagship Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES) guidance for IPIECA-IOGP this year. It is an exciting piece of work drawing on all previous BES work to provide guidance for the management of BES impacts, dependencies risks and opportunities in the oil and gas sector.

IPIECA-IOGP launched the Biodiversity and ecosystem services fundamentals guidance document for the oil and gas sector at the HSSE-SR SPE Conference in Stavanger, Norway on 13 April 2016.