Syke’s Research director Eeva Primmer joins the board of an international science-policy platform

News 2023-09-04 at 9:32

Finland has received a new important position of trust at the heart of biodiversity conservation. Professor Eeva Primmer, Research director at the Finnish Environment Institute (Syke), has been elected to the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Eeva Primmer © Kai Widell

Primmer was elected to the Bureau at the IPBES Plenary meeting held in Bonn, Germany from 28 August to 2 September as a nominee of the EU. Primmer represents the European Union and other countries group (WEOG) in the Bureau. The Bureau's term of office is three sessions, which means about three years.

IPBES aims to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services, in a fashion corresponding to that of the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. These platforms produce scientific information to support the international agreements on biodiversity and climate. They serve the international community, governments and society.

"IPBES is an important multidisciplinary platform of scientists and policy makers striving for biodiversity and nature. For me, IPBES Bureau membership is an inspiring position because I am a bridge-builder between science and practice. My mission is to cut the pressure humans put on nature, through working with people and institutions," says Primmer.

Professor Eeva Primmer, is Research director at the Finnish Environment Institute. As a researcher on environmental and natural resource policy, she has focused on the integrating conservation and management. She has done extensive research on ecosystem services governance in the EU and Finland. She is also a member of the International Resource Panel and a Docent in Environmental Policy at the University of Helsinki.

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established in 2012 by the governments of Finland and 93 other countries. It now has 143 members. The IPBES Bureau oversees, reviews and monitors the platform’s activities.

Primmer's election also strengthens cooperation between Finland and the international community, as the Finnish national IPBES working group is chaired by Leif Schulman, Director General of the Finnish Environment Institute.

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Eeva Primmer, Research director, The Finnish Environment Institute, tel. +358 295 251 521,

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