IPBES Stakeholder Day - 2 October in Nairobi

An IPBES stakeholder day will  be held on Sunday 2 October, prior to the first session of a plenary meeting on IPBES
Organised by UNEP, in collaboration with UNESCO, UNDP and FAO, and facilitated by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), this event will be an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss issues of common interest in advance of the plenary meeting.

Full details of the registration process, accreditation requirements for civil society organisations for the first session of a plenary meeting on IPBES and for the Stakeholder day are available here.

CITES Animal Committee recommendation on IPBES

IPBES was discussed at the twenty-fifth meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade In Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), held on 18-22 July 201 in Geneva (Switzerland). In the recommendation (AC25 DG1 Doc.1) the Animal Committee recommends the scientific committee Chairs participate in IPBES plenary meetings to ensure proper representation of CITES and that IPBES should:  support and establish a regular process to seek the views and understand the needs of biodiversity-related conventions and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs); support access to reliable existing knowledge and generate knowledge on, and facilitate regular assessments of, the conservation and sustainable use of key species in ecosystems; and provide particular support to the Scientific Authorities of CITES parties.

The recommendation suggests that such support might include: improving access to knowledge to enable CITES bodies and parties to fulfill their functions, especially in making Non Detriment Findings and the review of significant trade (RST); documenting best practice in using science in biodiversity conservation; and capacity-building support.

More information on the CITES website here


Draft resolution on IPBES from the FAO Conference

During its 37th session, held in Rome, on 25 June-2 July 2011 in Rome, Italy,  the Conference of the  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) discussed IPBES.

The Conference welcomed the decision of Governments to establish IPBES, requested the Director-General of FAO to work closely with UNEP and other relevant international organizations and bodies on the operationalization of the platform and authorized the Director-General of FAO to offer to establish and (co-) host or otherwise support IPBES with relevant international organizations….
The final resolution (14/2011) adopted on 2 July, is included in  the report of the Conference available from the FAO website here (page 32).


IPBES to be discusssed at Planet Under Pressure 

This event to be held on 26-29 March 2012, in London, and a special session will be dedicated to IPBES on day 3. More information on the session, Strengthening the use of science for policy : IPCC's lessons for IPBES, is available here.

E-survey on How to organize international interdisciplinary scientific advice to the UNCCD-deadline 10 August 2011

In its decision 18/COP.9, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification requested the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) to conduct an assessment of how to organize international, interdisciplinary scientific advice, taking into account the need to ensure transparency and geographical balance. The CST was moreover requested to consider options for determining agreed channels for consideration of the advice in the Convention process.
The Conference of the Parties invited the Parties, the scientific community and relevant stakeholders to provide input into the assessment process.

Survey results will be presented at the tenth session of the Committee on Science and Technology during COP10 in October 2011.
This questionnaire is anonymous and is expected to take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Surveys are available at:

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Informal Scientific Workshop on Assesssment

An informal scientific workshop on assessment was co-convened by the Governments of Japan and of the Republic of South Africa, and hosted by the United Nations University in preparation for the first session of the plenary meeting on IPBES.

The purpose of the workshop was to increase the understanding of the nature and scope of assessments to be undertaken by IPBES, and to provide options and recommendations as well as a more detailed analysis of the key elements that might guide the discussions and decisions to be made at the plenary meeting.

A workshop was convened at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan, from the 25th to the 27th of July 2011. The meeting was for invited experts. Please see the press release, the information note and the UNU-ISP website for more information.


German Stakeholder Workshop on IPBES

On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF) and the Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU), the Network-Forum on Biodiversity Research Germany organised a workshop on IPBES in Bonn, Germany, on 7-8 July 2011.

The objectives of the workshop were to inform the biodiversity knowledge community in Germany about IPBES, to discuss potential contributions of the community to IPBES, and to provide input into the preparation of the first session of the IPBES plenary meeting in October 2011.

Final document (in English) is available here.

Final document (in German) is available here.

All documentation from the workshop including videos from all speeches (in German) available here.

UK Stakeholder Workshop on IPBES

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (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 plenary session in October 2011.

Click here for the Report of the UK Stakeholder Workshop.


Workshop on traditional knowledge and citizen science and environmental assessments in Denmark

The European Environment Agency (EEA) organised a workshop with the objective of reviewing the lay, local, traditional knowledge (LLTK) and citizen science (CS) contributions to the long-term monitoring and assessment of environments. The workshop entitled "LLTK and Citizen Science: Their Roles in Monitoring and Assessment of the Environment" was held on 27-28 June 2011 at the EEA, Copenhagen, Denmark.

The LLTK and CS workshop has its origins in Volume 1 of the book "Late Lessons from Early Warnings: The Precautionary Principle 1896-2000" (EEA, 2001). To view a copy online, click here.


Informal expert meeting in Sweden

The Resilience and Development Programme - SwedBio at Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Swedish National Programme on Local and Traditional Knowledge (NAPTEK) at the Swedish Biodiversity Centre hosted an informal expert meeting at Ájtte Museum in Jokkmokk, Sweden, on 21- 22 June 2011.

EU experts, scientists and indigenous and local community representatives were invited to this meeting, which was held back-to-back with an nternational Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) strategy session.


Informal scientific meeting on IPBES held in Paris

Experts representing key scientific organisations interested in IPBES gathered at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 10 June 2011.

This informal meeting was organised by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and supported and hosted by UNESCO.

More information on the outcome of the meeting here.


Expert workshop on capacity building

An international expert meeting on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and capacity building was convened in Trondheim, Norway, from 25 to 27 May 2011.

The meeting was co-hosted by the Governments of Brazil and Norway, and was planned and organized by the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management.

Presentations made at the meeting and final report are available on the meeting webpages.