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Professor Sir Robert Watson, Vice Chair of IPBES (WEOG), awarded the 2015 Ecological Engagement Award by the British Ecological Society

Professor Sir Robert Watson, Vice Chair of IPBES (WEOG), has been awarded the 2015 Ecological Engagement Award by the British Ecological Society. Given annually, the award recognises an exceptional contribution to facilitating the use and understanding of ecology. Bob is Director of Strategic Development at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at UEA, and a visiting professor at the Monash Sustainability Institute at Monash University. 

Deliverable 3(a): Thematic assessment of pollinators, pollination and food production: Second Review from 22 May - 17 July 2015

The IPBES pollination assessment report (Deliverable 3a) is in its second review cycle. As part of an open, transparent, and collaborative process towards the development of this report, we have the pleasure of informing you that the second-order draft of the full report and a first order draft of Summary for Policymakers (SPM) are currently available for review by governments and experts from 22 May - 17 July 2015.

IPBES invites governments and expert reviewers with relevant knowledge and/or experience to register to review one or more chapters of the report. After the publication of the report, all names of expert reviewers will be published on the website and acknowledged in the annexes of the report.

Experts can registration here. Within 48 hours registered experts will then receive the draft SPM and/or chapter(s) they have requested.

Deliverable 3(c): Policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services: Second Review from 15 May 2015 - 9 July 2015

The IPBES report on policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services (Deliverable 3c) is in its second phase of development. As part of the open, transparent and collaborative process towards the development of this report, we have the pleasure of informing you that the second-order draft and the summary for policy makers are currently available for review by governments and experts until 9 July 2015.

IPBES invites governments and prospective expert reviewers with relevant knowledge and/or experience to register to review one or more chapters of the report. After the publication of the report, all names of expert reviewers will be published on the website and acknowledged in the annexes of the report. 

Experts can download a registration form here and send the completed form to the Technical Support Unit of Deliverable3c: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registered experts will then receive login details with which they can download the report. The login details will be shared within two working days after the beginning of the review on 15 May 2015.

Call for nomination of fellows

The Chair of IPBES in a letter dated 6 May 2015 has called for nominations of fellows for the IPBES young fellows pilot programme. Fellows may participate in: 1) the regional and sub-regional assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services (Deliverable 2b) or 2) the thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration (Deliverable 3bi). Interested fellows (Nominees) are requested to fill out their application on-line no later than 31 May 2015. Nominators (organisations/institutions) should submit approved applications by 5 June 2015. All necessary information related to the nomination procedure can be found in the letter and in the application form.

Nominated and selected fellows should refer to the guideline with further information on the pilot programme, including modalities, selection criteria, time commitment and availability of support. The guideline also presents the scope, rationale and chapter outline of the assessments in question.

PLEASE NOTE: The first authors meeting for the thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration has been postponed until 21-25 September (originally planned for 6-10 July). The meeting will take place in Bonn, Germany. The first author meetings of the regional assessments will take place in Colombia (Americas) , South Africa (Africa), Japan (Asia and Pacific) and Switzerland (Europe and Central Asia)

Call for comments on the guide for assessments, on work on diverse conceptualizations of values and on policy support tools and methodologies

The secretariat would like to invite comments on the ongoing work on the guide for assessments (Deliverable 2a), on diverse conceptualizations of values (Deliverable 3d) and on policy support tools and methodologies (Deliverable 4c). The documents and the templates for comments’ submission are available here. Comments should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31 March 2015.