This page holds information on PAST calls and opportunities from IPBES and related events. Please note that all of the opportunities on this page are now CLOSED but are maintained here to provide reference for those interested in the IPBES process.


Invitation for External Review of First Order Draft Assessments

Expert reviewers are currently being sought for the First Order Draft reviews of the IPBES Thematic Assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration, and the four regional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services: Africa; Americas; Asia Pacific; and, Europe and Central Asia.


Thematic Assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration

The assessment of land degradation and restoration is to cover the global status of and trends in land degradation, by region and land cover type; the effect of degradation on biodiversity values, ecosystem services and human well-being; and the state of knowledge, by region and land cover type, of ecosystem restoration extent and options. The assessment would enhance the knowledge base for policies for addressing land degradation, desertification and the restoration of degraded land.


Regional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services

IPBES is to perform regular and timely assessments of knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services and their inter-linkages at regional levels and  will therefor prepare a set of regional assessments. The overall aim will be to assess the status and trends of biodiversity and ecosystem services, the impact of biodiversity and ecosystem services on human well-being and the effectiveness of responses, including the Strategic Plan and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the national biodiversity strategies and action plans. The assessments are also to identify the need for capacity, knowledge and policy support tools.



Please be aware that the first order drafts are confidential. This means that the registration process is as follows:

1.     Login as a user on the IPBES website or register for a new user account if you do not have one yet.

2.     Register here to become an expert reviewer.

3.     The secretariat will review your application and you will be granted access within 48hrs

4.     Once your application has been reviewed, you will be able to access the chapters which you have signed up to review at this address:

Registration opened on 30 May and the review ran for six weeks to 11 July.


Fourth Call for Experts: The Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and the workshop to further scope the thematic assessment on the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity, and IPBES Fellowship Pilot Programme


Following the fourth Plenary of IPBES, in February 2016 ( the IPBES Secretariat issued a call for experts to participate in the preparation of Platform deliverables, as agreed at that meeting:

i. The Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
This assessment, to be delivered in 2019, will critically assess the state of knowledge on past, present and possible future trends in multi-scale interactions between people and nature.  It will examine the status, trends (past and future), direct and indirect drivers of change, values and response options regarding nature (including biodiversity and the structure and functioning of ecosystems on land and in inland waters, coastal zones and global oceans), nature’s benefits to people (including ecosystem goods and services), and the links between them.  


ii.  The workshop to further scope the thematic assessment on the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity

IPBES-4 reviewed the proposed scope of the assessment on Sustainable Use of Biodiversity, arising from an online scoping exercise in 2015, and available here, this proposed an assessment of the various approaches to sustainable use of wild species, and options to strengthen related capacities and tools, noting that human use of wild species is a dominant driver of changes in biodiversity.  It was suggested the assessment focus on practices and measures for the use of wild species that enhance sustainability, taking an integrative approach, and examine the range of governance regimes, practices and approaches aimed at promoting the sustainable use of wild species.

IPBES members took the decision that this assessment requires further scoping by experts prior to delivery, and that given the complexities of the assessment, that this was best done at a face-to-face workshop, rather than via online means.  This workshop will therefore refine the proposed scope for consideration by the next Plenary in 2017.


IPBES Fellowship Pilot Programme

In addition to the Experts referred to above, governments and relevant institutions and organizations were invited to nominate fellows to the IPBES Fellowship Pilot Programme, to participate in the Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Further details on the nomination process and fellowship programme can found here

The deadline for submitting the online application form was 5 May 2016. 


Invitation for comments on CBD SBSTTA-17 papers

The 17th meeting of the CBD’s Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-17) will be held on 14-18th October and will address the following issues:

  • Policy support tools and methodologies developed or used under the Convention and their adequacy, impact and gaps      
  • The adequacy of observations, and of data systems, for monitoring the biodiversity attributes addressed in the Aichi Targets and the use and development of indicators for the Aichi Targets      
  • Scientific and technical needs related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan and to each of the Aichi Targets
  • New and emerging issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity       
  • Assessing the effects of the types of measures taken in accordance with the provisions of the Convention. 
  • Contribution of the Convention to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) intersessional process. 

Unlike previous SBSTTA meetings no draft recommendations are available at this stage but we are seeking comments from stakeholders on the Secretariat’s papers on adequacy of policy support tools, observations, data systems and indicators and on scientific and technical needs.

Defra have produced a consultation document that contains links to the SBSTTA papers and may assist stakeholders focus their comments, which will be used to inform the position of the UK Government at the SBSTTA-17 meeting.

The consultation document can be downloaded here.

This consultation closed on Wednesday 2nd October 2013


UK IPBES Stakeholder Event, JNCC, Peterborough, 9th July 2013

Defra and JNCC are hosting a meeting on 9th July 2013 to discuss responses to a series of consultation documents from the IPBES Secretariat. The meeting will consider the documents covering the draft work programme for IPBES for the period 2014-2018, including the prioritized lists of requests put to the Platform, and the draft Stakeholder Engagement Strategy for supporting the implementation of the work programme for IPBES.

These documents will be published by the IPBES Secretariat on 17th June 2013– see here for more details. The outcomes of this meeting will be used to develop the UK’s response to the consultations and feed into the Pan-European stakeholder conference to support the inter-sessional process of IPBES, between 16-18 July in Leipzig, see here for more details. 


Expert Meeting Identifying Scientific and Technical Needs Related to the CBD and IPBES, JNCC, Peterborough, 18th March 2013

A decision at CBD COP11set out a process for collecting information on the identification of  scientific and technical needs related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Targets. As part of this information collecting process the CBD issued a request for information from Parties.

Defra and JNCC arranged a meeting of experts to gather a wide range of views and opinions on the scientific and technical needs related to the CBD and IPBES.  The meeting took the form of a workshop, broken down into working groups, considering the CBD Strategic Plan Goals and the needs of IPBES. 

The meetings outcomes have been used to identify priority scientific and technical needs to support implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, strategic priorities for assessments, policy support tools, and capacity building that might be submitted as requests to IPBES.

The response to Notification (SCBD/STTM/DC/ac/81207) on identification of scientific and technical needs related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets can be viewed here.

The report on requests to IPBES on scientific and technical matters can be viewed here.


IPBES UK Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) nominee selection

It was agreed by an intergovernmental meeting in Panama City, Panama in April 2012 that the Platform would be supported by a Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) that will advise on the scientific and technical functions of the Platform.

The UK Government wishes to thank all those who expressed interest in a potential nomination by the UK to serve on the Platform’s interim MEP in an independent expert capacity. A shortlist of potential UK nominees has now been drawn up for consultations within the UN region of Western Europe and Other Group, and subject to agreement by the Platform’s 1st Plenary meeting in January 2013. 

The successful UK potential nominees for the MEP are Professor James Bullock, Professor Iain Gordon, Professor Edward Maltby, Professor Dominic Moran, Professor Ken Norris.

All nominations for the MEP can be viewed on the IPBES website here


Guidance on the Anticipated Process for Selection by the Plenary of Bureau and MEP Officers

In order to provide further guidance on the anticipated process for selection by the Plenary of Bureau and MEP officers, guidance note have been prepared to assist Members of the Platform with further regional consultations and discussions, including those planned during the one day regional consultations on January 20th, the day before the opening of IPBES-1. 

The guidance note will be made available in all UN languages; the English version is available here.  It is also understood that some informal regional consultations on the Bureau and MEP nominations might also take place in the margins of CBD CoP11 (where there will also be a side event on IPBES at 13h15 on Thursday 11th October).


Intersessional Process Comments Available

IPBES Members and Observers have submitted their comments on the on the various intersessional elements.  These comments are being used as the basis for the preparation of working and information documents for IPBES-1.   All comments are available to view online.


UK Stakeholder Consultation:  UK Stakeholder consultation on IPBES Conceptual Framework and the Regional Structure and composition of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel

Governments, MEAs and other stakeholders have been asked to submit views to support the development of a Conceptual Framework to guide the delivery of IPBES and to consider the regional structure and composition of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel

The UK will develop a response to the IPBES Interim Secretariat consultations and would like to take into consideration the views of UK stakeholders on these issues.   This on-line consultation covers both the Conceptual Framework and the regional structure of the MEP. The first section covers broad issues to be discussed under the Conceptual Framework. There are then additional questions on more specific elements of the Conceptual Framework. The second section contains questions relating to the regional structure of the MEP.

Associated documents:

Stakeholder consultation document.

Information paper on the development of a Conceptual Framework.

Information paper on the regional structure and composition of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel



Inter-sessional process preparing for the first plenary meeting of the Platform

The IPBES was established in Panama City on 21 April 2012, UNEP, acting as the interim IPBES Secretariat has recently wrote to Ministers outlining the work required before the first plenary meeting of the Platform in early 2013.  To assist UK stakeholders to engage with this process the following events and consultations were organised.  More details about these consultations are available here


UK Stakeholder Consultation:  Receiving and prioritising requests from Governments and determining the scoping process for assessments

Governments, MEAs and other stakeholders were asked to submit views on the process by which requests might be received and prioritised by the plenary and to submit views on the process that should be followed for scoping assessments and other activities of the platform.

UK response can be viewed here.


Meeting on receiving and prioritising requests from Governments and determining the scoping process for assessments

A meeting took place on 31st July in London (at Defra, Nobel House) at 2 – 4.30 pm. A draft annotated agenda for the meeting and a package of background papers has been made available for download.


UK Stakeholder Consultation:  Capacity building needs and activities

Capacity building needs and activities have already undergone some discussion in the build up to the establishment of IPBES. Governments were invited to submit proposals on both capacity building needs and suggestions for activities and partnerships that might address those needs. 

UK response can be viewed here.


Meeting on Capacity building needs and activities

Defra, JNCC, UNEP-WCMC and RBG Kew hosted a meeting in Cambridge on 2 August 2012 to discuss capacity building needs and activities.  A draft annotated agenda for the meeting is available.  .




Consultation: UK stakeholder consultation on advance papers for the second session of the IPBES Plenary


Following completion of the intersessional process established at the first IPBES Plenary, advance versions of some of the papers for the second session in Panama in April 2012 are now available on the IPBES website second-session page

In preparation for the second session, we invite any additional views specifically on the possible elements of the work programme (UNEP/IPBES.MI/2/2) and the functions and structures of bodies that might be established under an IPBES (UNEP/IPBES.MI/2/3).  Comments will be considered in finalising the UK government position, which will then inform the EU position taken to the second Plenary.

Please send any comments by e-mail to to reach us no later than 1700 on the 15th March 2012



Consultation:  UK stakeholder consultation on the possible scope of the IPBES Work Programme and Governance Structures

Following the 1st IPBES Plenary in early October 2011, governments have been invited to submit proposals for the IPBES Work Programme to UNEP by the 15th December 2011. 


To meet this deadline, the EU Member States have agreed a programme of activity to develop and agree a response by 1st December.  An analysis of options for implementing the Work Programme will be undertaken by the European Commission on the basis of the options considered by the first Plenary and an additional UNEP paper to be published at the end of October.  Member States have been requested to submit proposals to support this analysis by mid-November.


In addition, proposals for agreeing governance structures are in preparation for consideration at the 2nd Plenary in April 2012. The proposals include scientific subsidiary bodies and working groups.


UK Stakeholders are invited to contribute; your comments will be collated and analysed to inform the UK government contribution to the EU and UNEP processes.


How to respond:

All responses should be sent by e-mail by 1700 on 4th November 2011.  CONSULTATION CLOSED


Commenting on the Work Programme:

  1. You can download a tabulation of all the UNEP options (produced by the European Commission) and add comments alongside all or some of the proposed activities. Additional activities can also be added. This should then be saved with your name in the file title and submitted;
  2. Or, you can download the UK consultation questionnaire, add comments, save with your name in the file title and submit;
  3. Or, you can provide general commentary on activities.


Commenting on Governance Structures:

  1. You can provide views on the current proposals, which are summarised in an information paper.


Information on the outcomes of the 1st Plenary is available on the IPBES website, along with various relevant information papers


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UK IPBES Workshop


JNCC and Defra jointly hosted a workshop on 5 July 2011 in London.  The objective of the workshop was to ensure the UK government liaises in an appropriate way with the UK biodiversity science and policy community before the first IPBES plenary session in October 2011. The workshop focussed on

  • focus on how to engage the UK science/policy community with the four identified functions of IPBES,
  • seek to determine how best to ensure future engagement between scientists (social and natural), UK Government (across Whitehall) and other national stakeholders including NGOs and business),
  • produce outcomes that will help frame policy discussions with other EU Member States, and
  • ensure that UK and EU positions at the plenary session are based on a sound understanding of global evidence needs on biodiversity and ecosystem services.


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Download papers from UK Stakeholder Workshop 5 July 2011





Background information and past paper relating to IPBES >>>


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Updated: 02/12/2016