The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

 

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Upcoming Events and Opportunities

IPBES-5 Plenary

See the Provisional Agenda for more information

Bonn, Germany

07.03.2017 - 10.03.2017

Deliverable 2(b)

Regional Assessments of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Second Order Draft Consultations

expected May - June 2017

 

Deliverable 3(b)(i)

Thematic Assessment of Land Degradation and Restoration

Second Order Draft Consultation

expected May - June 2017

Deliverable 2(c)

Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

First Order Draft Consultation

expected June - August 2017

 

Visit the Archive page for information on past opportunities

 

Completed Assessments

Deliverable 3(a)

Thematic Assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production

FULL ASSESSMENT NOW AVAILABLE

Approved at IPBES-4 Plenary February 2016

 

Deliverable 3(c)

Methodological Assessment of Scenarios and Models of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

FULL ASSESSMENT NOW AVAILABLE

Approved at IPBES-4 Plenary February 2016

 

 

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. 

 

Defra and 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. Defra and JNCC are also responsible for reviewing IPBES papers and assessments, and organising meetings to engage UK experts and stakeholders.

 

IPBES eLearning Module

An IPBES eLearning module, is available 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 desktops, laptops and tablets, as well as offline.

 

IPBES Webinars

The webinar series is produced by the IPBES Secretariat to build capacity for those involved in or interested in IPBES. It provides information on IPBES' processes and outputs.

  1. Webinar 1: The IPBES Assessment Process
  2. Webinar 2: The Conceptual Framework
  3. Webinar 3: The IPBES Pollination Report outcomes and lessons learnt
  4. Webinar 4: Guide relating to varied conceptualizations of value