Recent Publications & Reports

The following reports provide a wealth of information on the status of biodiversity. They highlight key findings into the state of biodiversity and essential reading for conservationists and resource managers across the globe. These reports, if anything, should stimulate a global emergency response to tackle the serious state of ecosystem and biodiversity collapse and global climate change. In addition, a new publication produced by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, the South African National Biodiversity Institute and BirdLife South Africa, in collaboration with Enviro Insight. 

IPBES – The global assessment report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is a summary document for policymakers on the current status of biodiversity and ecosystem services. It is produced by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) 2019 and can be accessed here: ipbes.net/global-assessment

Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 is the latest status report produced by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Convention of Biological Diversity (2020). This publication provides an overview on the current state of biodiversity and a review of the 2011-2020 United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. Access the report here: cbd.int/gbo5
The Living Planet Report is a collaborative synthesis by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London. This status report should be read together with the Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 as it provides sobering and thought-provoking details on the current status of the world’s natural areas and biodiversity crisis. Access the report here: livingplanet.panda.org/en-za/
The State of the World’s Forests (2020) is another publication by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. This report investigates the status of the world’s forests and the communities which rely on these forests for food, shelter and materials. Access the report here: fao.org/state-of-forests/en/
With the increased need for Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) on all developments including agriculture, forestry and other landscape uses, the Species Environmental Assessment Guidelines provides a framework and guidelines for environmental practitioners on the implementation of the Terrestrial Fauna and Terrestrial Flora Species Protocols for environmental impact assessments in South Africa.

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