• Capacity Building Needs

    Deliverable 1(a): Priority capacity-building-needs to implement the Platform’s work programme matched with resources through catalysing financial and in-kind support

    IPBES has been mandated to identify and prioritize capacity-building needs linked to achieving the IPBES work programme, and to help identifying resources for meeting those needs by means of a forum convening conventional and potential sources of funding and a web based matchmaking facility.

    Recognising the significance of capacity-building as a cross-cutting issue relevant to all of its activities, IPBES established a task force on capacity-building and agreed on terms of reference guiding its operations implementing this deliverable.

  • Capacity development

    Deliverable 1(b): Capacities needed to implement the Platform’s work programme developed

    IPBES has been mandated to integrate capacity building into all relevant aspects of the its work and to undertake capacity‑building activities that address the priority needs identified to implement the Platform’s work programme.

    Activities are to include technical assistance, training workshops, fellowship and exchange programmes and support for the evolution of national, subregional and regional science-policy networks, platforms and centres of excellence, including where appropriate consideration of indigenous knowledge systems. These activities would constitute an integrated part of the processes for delivering the assessments, data management and policy support tools set out in other deliverables of the work programme.

    Also this deliverable is implemented through the task force on capacity building [hyperlink to task force on capacity building], which is to be supported through and build on a geographically widespread network of institutions and initiatives.

  • Indigenous and local knowledge

    Deliverable 1(c): Procedures, approaches and participatory processes for working with indigenous and local knowledge systems

    IPBES aims to promote effective engagement with indigenous and local knowledge holders in all relevant aspects of its work. This is to be achieved by facilitation of a roster and network of experts to support the Platform’s work, a number of global dialogue workshops of indigenous and local knowledge experts, a review of regional case studies to inform the Platform’s procedures for and approaches to working with indigenous and local knowledge, and the delivery of a preliminary and final set of procedures and approaches for working with indigenous and local knowledge systems. IPBES is also to establish a participatory mechanism for indigenous and local knowledge systems to be established under the Platform, oriented to facilitate the linkages between indigenous and local communities and scientists and to strengthen the quality of indigenous peoples’ participation in the development of the deliverables of the Platform.

    Recognising the importance of indigenous and local knowledge to the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems as a cross-cutting issue relevant to all of its activities, IPBES established a task force on indigenous and local knowledge systems and agreed on terms of reference guiding its operations implementing this deliverable.

  • Knowledge, information and data

    Deliverable 1(d): Priority knowledge and data needs for policymaking addressed through catalysing efforts to generate new knowledge and networking

    IPBES has been mandated to identify and prioritize key scientific information needed for policymakers at appropriate scales, and to catalyse efforts to generate new knowledge in dialogue with scientific organizations, policymakers and funding organizations, while not directly undertaking new research.

    Further, to support the implementation of the work programme IPBES is to facilitate access to knowledge and data needed, e.g., for the production of assessments and the use of tools and methodologies in support of policy formulation and implementation, and to provide guidance on how to manage and present knowledge and data, e.g., from and for different scales and sectors.

    Recognising the importance of access to and management of knowledge and data to the implementation of the work programme, IPBES established a task force on knowledge and data and agreed on terms of reference guiding its operations implementing this deliverable, which is to be supported through and build on a thematically widespread network of institutions and relevant initiatives such as initiatives to provide indigenous and local knowledge and citizen science initiatives.

  • Guide on production of assessments

    Deliverable 2(a): Guide on production and integration of assessments from and across all scales

    IPBES has been mandated to develop a guide to help address conceptual, procedural and practical aspects of IPBES assessments at all scales, and to promote consistency across different scales. Accordingly, the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel, supported by time-bound expert group, has developed a guide that serves as a ‘Roadmap’ and to focus on key elements assessment practitioners may want to take into account when undertaking an assessment within the context of IPBES.

    The Guide has been developed for experts who are taking part in assessments approved under IPBES be they thematic, methodological or general assessments of biodiversity and ecosystems at global, regional and sub-regional level. 

    The Guide is also meant to assist those who might want to undertake IPBES inspired assessment at sub-regional, national and local level and to help facilitate that such assessments are compatible with larger scale IPBES approved assessments. Already a number of organisations and networks, such as the SGA Network, are using the Guide and provide training opportunities for assessments being undertaken at sub-regional, national and local level. 

    The Guide is a living document which will be updated and expanded overtime to reflect the work of the IPBES task forces, expert groups and experiences of experts involved in IPBES assessments.

  • Regional and subregional assessments

    Deliverable 2(b): Regional/subregional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services

    IPBES is to perform regular and timely assessments of knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services and their interlinkages at regional and subregional levels.  Under this deliverable (2b) the Platform will prepare a set of regional and subregional assessments. In January 2015 the third session of the Plenary approved the launch of four regional assessments – namely for Africa, for the Americas, for Asia Pacific, and for Europe and Central Asia – together with a general scope common to all of these regional assessments, the geographical scope of each of the proposed regions, and regional specificities.

    The overall scope of the regional assessments is to assess the status and trends regarding biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services and their interlinkages, the impact of biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services and threats to them on good quality of life, and the effectiveness of responses, including the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans developed under the Convention on Biological Diversity. The assessments will address terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services. The overall objective of the regional assessments is to strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services at the regional and subregional level

    The four regional assessments are currently in their final year of production, and will be presented to the 6th session of the IPBES Plenary in March 2018. The second order drafts of the assessment reports and the first order drafts of the summaries for policymakers will be open for review from 1 May to 26 June 2017 for the Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe and Central Asia regional assessments and from 29 May until 24 July for the Americas assessment. To contribute to this review please subscribe via this website to the IPBES'  newsletter, and then register yourself as reviewer once the call for external review goes out either on 1 May or on 29 May, depending on the assessment.  

     

     

  • Global assessment

    Deliverable 2(c): Global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services

    IPBES is to perform regular and timely assessments of knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services and their interlinkages at the global level. Also addressing an invitation by the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to prepare a global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services building, inter alia, on its own and other relevant regional, subregional and thematic assessments, as well as on national reports. 

    The overall scope of the assessment is to assess the status and trends with regard to 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. It is anticipated that this deliverable will contribute to the process for the evaluation and renewal of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

    A workshop was held to develop the scope of the global assessment in October 2014, in Bonn, Germany. Experts of this scoping workshop further developed the scope of the global assessments, which is to be considered by the fourth session of the IPBES Plenary (see document IPBES/4/8).  

     

  • Pollination

    Deliverable 3(a): Thematic assessment of pollinators, pollination and food production

    As the first of the completed IPBES thematic outputs, the publication of this assessment has generated a wide range of follow-up products, actions and policy initiatives. Some of the most noteworthy of these are:

    • A formal endorsement of the key messages of the assessment by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the recent 13th Conference of the Parties (COP13) in Mexico. Access the CBD decision here: https://goo.gl/nP7cdb
    • The formation of a “Coalition of the Willing” by a growing number of Governments around the world, inspired by the assessment to act nationally to protect pollinators and to promote pollination. Visit the Coalition website at:  http://promotepollinators.org/
    • The publication, in both the Nature and Science journals, of major articles building on and reviewing the assessment. Access the media releases at https://goo.gl/xVHMKR and https://goo.gl/CvUYB2     
    • An ever-expanding list of national strategies and action plans on pollination, premised on the outcomes of the assessment, in countries including, among others: France, the Netherlands, Brazil, South Africa and the Republic of Korea.     

    IPBES would like to acknowledge and thank all of the experts who contributed to the assessment, and whose efforts have already made so great an impact in strengthening the science-policy interface on pollination. To view the list of experts who contributed please see the “Expert Group” tab below.

    This assessment covers changes in animal pollination as a regulating ecosystem service that underpins food production and its contribution to gene flows and restoration of ecosystems. It addresses the role of native and exotic pollinators, the status of and trends in pollinators and pollination networks and services, drivers of change, impacts on human well-being, food production of pollination declines and deficits and the effectiveness of responses to pollination declines and deficits. The assessment informs enhanced policy responses to declines and deficits in pollination by identify policy-relevant findings for decision-making in government, the private sector and civil society, as well as helping to demonstrate how an essential ecosystem service contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • Land degradation and restoration

    Deliverable 3(b)(i): 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.

    A workshop was held to develop the scope of the land degradation and restoration assessment in September 2015, in Beijing, China. Experts of this scoping workshop further developed the scope of the land degradation and restoration assessments. In January 2015 the third session of the Plenary approved the launch of the land degradation and restoration assessment together with an agreed scope.

  • Invasive alien species

    Deliverable 3(b)(ii): Thematic assessment on invasive alien species and their control

    This assessment is to assess the threat that invasive alien species pose to biodiversity, ecosystem services and livelihoods and the global status of and trends in impacts of invasive alien species by region and sub-region, taking into account various knowledge and value systems.

  • Sustainable use of biodiversity

    Deliverable 3(b)(iii): Thematic assessment on sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity and strengthening capacities and tools

    This assessment is to address the ecological, economic, social and cultural importance, conservation status, drivers of change, of mainly harvested and traded biodiversity related products and wild species. It will also assess the potential of the sustainable use of biodiversity for the enhancement of livelihoods of indigenous peoples and local communities, including the role of traditional governance and institutions. It will identify guidelines, methods and tools and promote best practices, including both modern technologies and indigenous and local knowledge, for sustainable management and harvesting.

    The assessment will contribute to identification of related knowledge gaps and better technologies, including in respect of indigenous and local knowledge. It will also contribute to the development of policy support tools and methodologies, to enhancing sustainable management schemes (including the establishment and management of harvest quotas), to aiding compliance and enforcement measures, and to addressing capacity-building needs in countries of origin.

  • Scenarios and modelling

    Deliverable 3(c): Policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services based on a fast track assessment and a guide

    For sustainable development to succeed, we must move away from piecemeal decision-making about biodiversity and the benefits of nature to people. Science should be used to anticipate change – such as the loss of habitats, invasive alien species and climate shifts – to reduce the negative impacts on people and to help us make use of important opportunities.    

    This Assessment is already guiding the use of methodologies in all IPBES work and has also made a significant global impact – for instance at the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13) in Mexico, where a COP decision recognized its relevance for the planned fifth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook and listed it among the best available scientific information. The COP also encouraged Parties, other Governments, relevant organizations, the scientific community, stakeholders, as well as indigenous peoples and local communities to develop and use these tools and to contribute to their further development. The CBD decision may be accessed here: https://goo.gl/1nfvQR

    The Assessment presents a best-practice ‘toolkit’ of the approaches that can be used to decide on policies and actions by Governments, the private sector and civil society. Different valuation methodologies are evaluated according to different visions, approaches and knowledge systems, as well as their policy-relevance, based on the diverse conceptualization of values of biodiversity and nature’s benefits to people, including provisioning, regulating and cultural services.

    The Assessment will also catalyze the further development and use of tools and methodologies on these issues. The aim is that such policy support tools will help guide decision-making, by taking into account the multiple values of nature and its benefits.

    IPBES would like to acknowledge and thank all of the experts who contributed to the Assessment. To view the list of experts who contributed please see the “Expert Group” tab below.

    Further work during Phase II of this Deliverable will build on the Assessment, aiming to catalyze the further development and use of tools and methodologies on these issues. The aim is that such policy support tools will help guide decision-making, by taking into account the multiple values of nature and its benefits.

  • Values

    Deliverable 3(d): Policy support tools and methodologies regarding the diverse conceptualization of values of biodiversity and nature’s benefits to people including ecosystem services

    The assessment of tools and methodologies regarding multiple values of biodiversity to human societies is important for guiding the use of such methodologies in all IPBES work. Different valuation methodologies will be evaluated according to different visions, approaches and knowledge systems, and their policy relevance based on the diverse conceptualization of values of biodiversity and nature’s benefits to people including provisioning, regulating and cultural services.

    This assessment will result in a guide, and subsequently promote and catalyse the further development and use of tools and methodologies on these issues. The aim is that such policy support tools will help guide decision-making by taking into account the multiple values of nature and its benefits. As directed by the Plenary, this deliverable will promote and catalyse the further development of tools and methodologies on these issues.

  • Catalogue of assessments

    Deliverable 4(a): Catalogue of Relevant Assessments

    To inform the discussions leading to the establishment of IPBES the UNEP World Conservation and Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC) had been requested to develop a catalogue of relevant assessments. IPBES is now maintaining and further developing this online catalogue of relevant assessments. The catalogue will provide the basis for periodic critical reviews of the assessment landscape and lessons learned. It will facilitate the identification of inputs to the thematic, regional and global assessments, support knowledge exchange and help avoid duplication of efforts. Periodic reviews of lessons learned and captured in the catalogue will inform the Platform’s processes.

    Establishment of the Catalogue of Relevant Assessments by UNEP-WCMC

    The Catalogue of Relevant Assessments has been developed and established by UNEP-WCMC in 2012. Please access the catalogue, which is currently still hosted by UNEP-WCMC, under the following website.

    http://catalog.ipbes.net/

  • Information and data management plan

    IPBES is requested to develop an information management plan, in close coordination with and building on current international initiatives. Assuring data and information used in the development of the Platform’s assessments is available beyond the initial assessment is critical for the future of the Platform’s activities. The catalogue of relevant assessments, and the catalogue of policy support tools and methodologies are components of an information management system.

    The implementation of this deliverable is guided and supported by the task force on knowledge and data.

  • Policy support tools

    Deliverable 4(c): Catalogue of policy support tools and methodologies

    IPBES is to establish an online catalogue of policy support tools and methodologies to facilitate easy access to tools and methodologies promoted by the Platform. Guidance will be developed on how the customization and further development of policy support tools and methodologies could be promoted and catalyzed in line with the Platform’s function regarding policy support tools.

    An expert group was established to support the members of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel and Bureau in developing the catalogue and further guidance regarding policy support tools and methodologies.

  • Communication and stakeholder engagement

    Deliverable 4(d): Set of communication, outreach and engagement strategies, products and processes

    This deliverable focuses on the development and implementation of the communication and outreach strategy and the stakeholder engagement strategy of IPBES. Outreach processes and products for presenting IPBES deliverables, activities and outputs to range of different targeted audiences are under development to ensure wider IPBES recognition and policy impact. Stakeholder engagement will be used to complement the communications activities to raise awareness, catalyse knowledge generation, support capacity-building and inform policymaking in the public and private sectors as well as in civil society.

    Invitation to Stakeholder Days before IPBES-5 Plenary

    A one-day stakeholder meeting will be organised on 6 March 2017, prior to the 5th session of the IPBES plenary, at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany. The invitation letter to Stakeholder Day, with the link to register, is accessible below.

    Invitation Letter

  • Review of the Platform

    Deliverable 4(e): Reviews of the effectiveness of guidance, procedures, methods and approaches to inform future development of the Platform

    IPBES is to undertake regular reviews of the effectiveness of the Platform’s guidance, procedures, methods and approaches to inform future development of the Platform. Under this deliverable, the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel in consultation with the Bureau has been requested to develop a procedure for the review of the effectiveness of administrative and scientific functions according to which, once agreed, an independent review body appointed by the Plenary will conduct such a review at midterm and at the end of the first work programme. The midterm review is to inform actions by the Plenary related to the implementation of the remainder of the work programme for ongoing work programme and the final review to inform the development of the work programme for the next period.