The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

 

About IPBES

In 2012 the world’s governments agreed to establish the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as a mechanism for strengthening the global science-policy interface (SPI) for biodiversity and ecosystem services. SPIs are aimed at people in science and/or policy interested in engaging with the ’other’ community. People link up to communicate, exchange ideas, and jointly develop knowledge for enhancing policy and decision-making processes and research. This involves exchanging information and knowledge leading to learning and ultimately to changed behaviour - doing something different as a result of the learning!

 

IPBES members are committed to building the platform as the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society.

 

IPBES responds to requests for scientific information related to biodiversity and ecosystem services from Governments, relevant multilateral environmental agreements and United Nations bodies, as well as other relevant stakeholders. The work IPBES carries out includes:

 

  • identifying and prioritising key scientific information needed for policymakers;
  • cataloguing and critically reviewing assessments relating to biodiversity and ecosystem services;
  • supporting policy formulation and implementation by identifying policy-relevant tools and methodologies; and
  • identifying key capacity-building needs to improve the science-policy interface.

 

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UK IPBES

The UK government pledged £2 million, from Defra and DfID, from 2011-2015 to help support IPBES, with Defra making further pledges to  support the 2016-2017 work programme. JNCC’s role is supporting Defra in achieving a pragmatic evidence-based approach to IPBES and its work building on existing initiatives, and by facilitating efficient engagement with the UK biodiversity science and policy communities. JNCC brings together UK and European experts on globally important work on biodiversity and ecosystem services through the delivery of the UK IPBES Stakeholder Hub. Working in partnership with Defra, JNCC shape the work of IPBES and support UK experts in their contributions to IPBES assessments, covering a diverse range of topics from land degradation and restoration, to scenarios and modelling. 

 

JNCC represent the UK’s interests at the annual IPBES Plenary as well as at the extensive programme of stakeholder meetings and workshops supported by experts in the biodiversity and ecosystem service field. JNCC are also responsible for reviewing IPBES papers and assessments, and organising meetings to engage UK experts and stakeholders.


Register your interest and be part of the UK's engagement process.

 

IPBES eLearning Module

An eLearning module, based on the IPBES conceptual framework, is available at: http://www.ecosystemassessments.net/categories/elearning

 

The module is designed to help assessment practitioners, from sub-national to global scales, understand and apply the IPBES conceptual framework within the context of a national or IPBES assessment (global, regional, thematic, methodological). It comprises three 30-40 minute lessons and can be used on desktop computers and tablets, as well as offline.