These pages relate to a group - the Global
Biodiversity Sub-Committee (GBSC) - that is no longer
operational; the content is retained for archive purposes
Global Biodiversity research priorities and emerging issues
were considered via an inter-agency committee called the GBSC,
which was operational between 2004 and 2010.
The Global Biodiversity Sub-Committee (GBSC) was
one of five sub-groups of the Global Environmental Change Committee (GECC)
brought together the key governmental and other major funders
of biodiversity research in the UK, to ensure that there was an
evidence base and scientific capacity which was fit for purpose to
support development of Government policy on global biodiversity
change, and that the needs of policy informed the work undertaken
to develop the science base. The GECC was superceded by the
Living With Environmental Change programme.
The full Terms of Reference
(PDF, 34 kb) of
the group identified how it fulfilled its remit.
The GBSC 'model' for debating and developing international
biodiversity research needs has been effective at undertaking
important policy-relevant reviews and providing advice to underpin
policy requirements. The thematic approach taken by GBSC has proved
particularly effective, allowing the group to attract leading
academics to present state of knowledge reports at meetings; this
thematic approach is compatible with the growing culture of
inter-disciplinary activity within biodiversity conservation (the
move towards an ecosystem approach). The results are produced
as thematic reports
GBSC Membership and Secretariat
The GBSC was chaired by Defra's Deputy Science Director and
Secretariat support provided by the JNCC.
Each year the GBSC submitted an annual report to the main
GECC, outlining the substantive issues covered during the reporting
period and identifying future dicussion items. These are available
for downloading in chronological order.
Minutes and papers from meetings
View or download the minutes
and papers from GBSC meetings.