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Marie Stenseke, Co-chair of the IPBES multidisciplinary expert panel, Emma Dalväg, Chairperson of the WIN WIN Award jury and Gunvor G Ericsson, State Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin.
Photo: Fabian Beiving

IPBES highlights the threat against biodiversity and receives the WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award 2020


IPBES-The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services opens our eyes to the threat against biodiversity and is the winner of the prestigious award WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award 2020.

The WIN WIN Award ceremony took place in Gothenburg on 22 October and Marie Stenseke, Professor in Human Geography, Deputy Dean at the School of Business, Economics and Law, and Co-chair of the IPBES multidisciplinary expert panel, was there to receive the award.

- It is great, but also important that IPBES gets attention. It helps to create awareness of the serious situation of the world's biodiversity, and how our negative impact on other species and their habitats, has made our existence more vulnerable. The ongoing pandemic is an example of this. IPBES has succeeded in bringing up biodiversity, alongside the climate issue on the agendas of many decision-makers, thanks to scientifically sound reports, which also show opportunities to steer towards a sustainable future, says Marie Stenseke.

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Ana María Hernández Salgar, Chair, and Dr. Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of IPBES
Photo: Fabian Beiving

The world’s leading sustainability award aims to recognize and support outstanding contributions from around the world. The goal is to stimulate creativity and achieve lasting synergies in the quest to find the right balance between ecological, environmental and social needs. The award has been presented in Gothenburg since 2000. Every year has different themes and this year the theme is biodiversity.

The jury explains selecting IPBES for this year’s award as follows

”The biodiversity on Earth is crucial to human survival and the need to raise the issue on the agenda for the world’s decision makers to a corresponding level is therefore great and urgent. The work to disseminate knowledge and awareness of the importance of biodiversity is therefore of crucial importance.

IPBES has had a decisive role in outlining the drivers of biodiversity loss, communicating the magnitude of the problem and laying the groundwork for a new agenda and transformative change in relation to biodiversity. Through their methodology, which includes research in both natural and social science as well as including the importance of indigenous peoples’ knowledge and experience, they have increased the opportunities for evidence-based decision making by policymakers. Since its inception in 2012, by engaging and uniting the world’s nations around the issue of biodiversity, IPBES has played a crucial role in setting the groundwork for the change we need to address this crisis in the near future.”


The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body established under the auspices of UN to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.

The background to the initiative is the increasingly rapid global losses of species, genetic variation and ecosystems. Human survival is directly dependent on parts of the biological diversity of food and medicine. Diversity also affects the quality of life and the ecosystems on which we depend.

The aim of IPBES is to strengthen the interplay between research and management, to promote the conservation and sustainable use of nature, plants and animals. Among other things, it is about compiling knowledge about the situation in the world, especially with regard to endangered species and habitats. But it is also about what we can do about the problems, to identify the need for new research, policy tools and strategies, and to develop the capacity to deal with issues related to biodiversity - not least in developing countries.

IPBES multidisciplinary expert panel, MEP, is tasked to oversee all IPBES scientific and technical functions. MEP consists of 25 researchers, representing different disciplines, geographical areas, ages and genders. Marie Stenseke, Professor of Human Geography and Deputy Dean at the School of Business, Economics and Law has been Co-chair of this group since 2015.

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