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Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

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The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body which assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers.

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Colombia fue elegida sede de la Sexta Plenaria IPBES 2018

• La Quinta Plenaria de la Plataforma Intergubernamental de Biodiversidad y Servicios Ecosistémicos (IPBES), realizada en Bonn (Alemania), aprobó la propuesta de realizar su sexto encuentro en Colombia.

• Medellín será sede oficial de la Plenaria que reúne a miembros de este órgano intergubernamental para evaluar el estado de la biodiversidad y de los servicios ecosistémicos en todos los continentes.

• El anuncio oficial fue hecho por el Presidente de IPBES, Sir Robert Watson, tras aprobación unánime de los 126 países miembros.




As we celebrate International Biodiversity Day 2017, Anne Larigauderie, the Executive Secretary of IPBES, wants your help in the external review of IPBES assessments by Governments and experts. To find out more, and to join the review, please go to https://goo.gl/gLOdCj

Experts wishing to participate can still do so but will first need to register as users of the IPBES website (http://www.ipbes.net/user/register?destination=sod-review) if they have not already done so. They can then apply to become an IPBES external reviewer for individual chapters per assessment at http://www.ipbes.net/user/login?destination=sod-review (this will only work when logged in first as IPBES website users). They will receive confidential access to the draft chapters and summaries for policymakers and will be requested to submit their comments in English using a template that will also be supplied. All relevant comments will then be addressed by the assessment authors in the next round of revisions.

20-minute webinar focusing on how Governments especially can participate in this external review. https://youtu.be/tnx8nxDId08

August 2016

IPBES announced today that the Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services will be Co-Chaired by Professors Sandra Díaz, Eduardo Brondízio & Josef Settele. The annoucement was made in Bonn at the first author meeting of the Assessment. Sir Robert Watson, IPBES Chair, called the Assessment "the intellectual progeny of and scientific successor to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Read more at:http://goo.gl/EkMjIL

June 2016

Dear WCPA Commission members,
Further to Resolutions on the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (WCC-2012-Res-117*) and on IUCN’s role in the Platform (WCC-2012-Res-118*) adopted at the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress, and now operationalized through a Memorandum of Understanding between IUCN and IPBES, we would like to draw your attention to new opportunities for involvement with IPBES*.

Review of First Order Drafts (link to original letter), deadline 11 July 2016
IPBES is calling for expert reviewers with relevant knowledge and/or experience to participate in the external First Order Draft review of the:
  1. thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration (Deliverable 3bi); and
  2. four regional assessments (Africa, Asia Pacific, Americas, Europe and Central Asia) on biodiversity and ecosystem services (Deliverable 2b)
To access First Order Drafts and review forms (from http://www.ipbes.net/fod-assessments), interested reviewers are requested to obtain an IPBES user account and fill the registration form available here

First IPBES deliverables available
At its fourth plenary meeting, 22–28 February 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, IPBES approved Summaries for Policy Makers of its first two assessments:
Thematic assessment of pollinators, pollination and food production.
Methodological assessment of scenarios and models of biodiversity and ecosystem services

It is anticipated that the full reports for these two assessments will be available soon from the IPBES website.

IPBES at the World Conservation Congress
Two events exploring the synergies between IUCN and IPBES will be convened at the World Conservation Congress,
1–10 September in Hawai‘i, USA. These are:
“Building corporate involvement in IPBES: learning from IUCN's experience”: Knowledge Café, 17:00–19:00, 3 September, Room 311-2.
“IPBES and IUCN: Exploring synergies to strengthen the role of science in policy”: Workshop, 08:30 – 10:30, 4 September, Room 316C.