Reports and Publications

Below is a curated collection of reports and publications whose subject matter is relevant to biodiversity and this year's World Environment Day theme - For Nature.

The State of the World’s Forests: Forests, Biodiversity and People

As the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011–2020 comes to a close and countries prepare to adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, this edition of The State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) examines the contributions of forests, and of the people who use and manage them, to the…

Emerging zoonotic diseases and links to ecosystem health – UNEP Frontiers 2016 chapter

In 2016 the UN Environment Programme identified the issue of zoonotic diseases as a key emerging issue of global concern in its Frontiers publication series.  The chapter on zoonoses – diseases that can be passed on from animals to humans – illustrates how the emergence and re-emergence of…

Protected Planet Report 2018

With two years to go until 2020, the Protected Planet Report 2018 confirms that significant progress has been made to accelerate protection of biodiversity on land and in the ocean. Based on the world’s most up to date records in the World Database on Protected Areas, managed jointly by UNEP-WCMC…

Frontiers 2018/19: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern

From the innovations and ethical dilemmas of synthetic biology to the options for appropriate international adaptation to climate change: Frontiers 2018/19 explores the emerging environmental issues facing the planet.

A new deal for Nature

Only a quarter of land on Earth is substantively free of the impacts of human activity. This is projected to decline to just one tenth by 2050. The implications of such a drastic change in the natural environment for human health, well-being, security and economic development are staggering.

Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

IPBES is to perform regular and timely assessments of knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services and their interlinkages at the global level. Also addressing an invitation by the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to prepare a global assessment of…

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4

Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO) is the flagship publication of the Convention on Biological Diversity. It is a periodic report that summarizes the latest data on the status and trends of biodiversity and draws conclusions relevant to the further implementation of the Convention.