Naturel Panel

International cooperation for protecting biodiversity and securing ecosystem services
In spite of the international agreements made, the loss of biodiversity continues. In order to improve this situation, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) panel was established in Panama in 2012. The panel currently consists of 124 countries, including Finland. The aim of the international panel is to strengthen interaction between the scientific field and political decision-makers in order to safeguard the well-being of nature and humanity.

Endangered species numbers in Finland are growing  

Infograafi uhanalaisista lajeista Suomessa
The proportion of species in Finland that are endangered is increasing at an alarming rate Share of estimated total number of species in Finland. Source: Endangered Finnish species Red List 2019.

Despite conservation and nature management, Finnish species are becoming more endangered. Regardless of international and national objectives, Finland has not been able to stop species from becoming endangered and disappearing.

The Nature Panel contributes to implementing the objectives of the International IPBES Panel in Finland. The multidisciplinary Nature Panel set up by the Ministry of the Environment began its activities in May 2015. During the first term of office from 2015 to 2018, the panel was chaired by Professor Jari Niemelä from the University of Helsinki. Professor Janne Kotiaho from the University of Jyväskylä will chair the Nature Panel for the second term from 2019 to 2022. The Nature Panel consists of 22 members drawn from universities, research institutes, the Academy of Finland and key government ministries. The panel secretary is from the Finnish Environment Institute.

Meadow i North Finland. Photo Riku Lumiaro.
Diverse natural flower meadow. All traditional environments in Finland are either extremely endangered or very endangered. Of the species found in these traditional environments, 24% are endangered.

Scientific assessments to support decision-making

In order to support decision-making, the IPBES International Panel provides evaluation reports on the state of biodiversity and ecosystem services based on scientific data and experience-based information drawn from local and indigenous residents. The key tasks of the first term of office will be the assessment of the state of diversity and ecosystem services both globally and regionally.
In addition, four global themed assessments are under way or are being launched, including pollinators and food production, restoration of weakened land areas, alien species and their control, and the sustainable use and protection of diversity.

Nature Panel working at the interface between science and policy

The aim of the Nature Panel to act in the same way as the international panel as an interface between science and policy. The panel will raise issues that are topical for the IPBES, for example by communicating the results of the IPBES’s extensive evaluation reports to various parties and applying them to Finnish conditions.

Photo Riku Lumiaro.
The overgrown heather moor has been restored on the island of Jurmo in the Archipelago Sea National Park.

The task of the Nature Panel is also to increase awareness in Finland of the IPBES panel and its work. Furthermore, the panel seeks to involve researchers and other experts in the work of IPBES both nationally and internationally. Finnish researchers are already involved in international processes related to areas such as the valuation of nature and its benefits, policy measures and restoration work.


Published 2019-10-31 at 9:56, updated 2019-11-12 at 14:25