Wild species can be used to feed the world

11 Jul 2022

 

IPBES Assessment Report on Sustainable Use of Wild Species

 

Billions of people in developed and developing nations benefit daily from using wild species for food, energy, materials, medicine, recreation, inspiration, and many other vital contributions to human well-being.

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Assessment Report on Sustainable Use of Wild Species offers insights, analysis, and tools to establish more sustainable use of wild species of plants, animals, fungi, and algae around the planet.

The report is the result of four years of work by 85 leading experts from the natural and social sciences, holders of indigenous and local knowledge, and 200 contributing authors, drawing on more than 6,200 sources. The summary of the report was approved in July 2022 by representatives of the 139 Member States of IPBES in Bonn, Germany.

 

About Marla Emery

 

Marla Emery is a research geographer affiliated to the USDA Forest Service (retired) and Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA). Her work
expands in the areas of indigenous and local knowledge, natural resource management, and governance.

Directly following the Assessment’s official launch, this GLF Live featured Marla Emery, one of the report’s three co-chairs, in a conversation held alongside the IPBES meetings at the Bonn UN headquarters. In this interview, she discusses the report’s main points of concern – and of action.