UL Academic named as UN International Biodiversity Expert

Dr Ken Byrne, UN Intergovernmental Science‐Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES

Dr Ken Byrne, Department of Life Sciences at the University of Limerick has been nominated as an International Expert, for the UN Intergovernmental Science‐Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).  Dr Byrne will be a Lead Author for the thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration. This commenced at a meeting in Switzerland this August and is due for completion in 2017. He will work as part of a team of international experts to conduct regional/subregional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Europe and Central Asia.

IPBES was established in April 2012, as an independent intergovernmental body open to all member countries of the United Nations. It aims to assess the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society. The objective of these assessments is to strengthen the science‐policy interface on biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services at the regional and subregional levels.