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.
Terms of reference for the task force on knowledge and data
The purpose of the task force on knowledge and data is to support achievement of deliverables 1 (d) and 4 (b) of the work programme, under which priority knowledge and data needs for policymaking are addressed through catalysing efforts to generate new knowledge and networking and an information and data management plan is developed and implemented.
B. Responsibilities of the task force
The responsibilities of the task force are as follows:
- To develop a data and information management plan that identifies the best means of addressing the data and information needs of the Platform’s work programme;
- To support the secretariat in overseeing the management of the data, information and knowledge used in developing Platform products so as to ensure their long-term availability;
- To identify opportunities for increasing access to existing data, information and knowledge so as to ensure their availability to support the work of the Platform;
- To advise on the indicators and metrics to be used in Platform products and on the standards necessary for capturing and managing associated data;
- To support the Bureau and the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel in reviewing the knowledge needs and gaps identified through Platform scoping processes and assessments and to catalyse the generation of new knowledge and data;
- To support the Bureau and the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel in convening dialogues with scientific organizations, policymakers and funding organizations and in undertaking other activities to address those needs identified in the work programme;
- To liaise as necessary with the task force on capacity-building and the task force on indigenous and local knowledge so as to ensure that issues concerning knowledge and data are covered in a consistent manner.
C. Membership of the task force
The task force will comprise two Bureau members and three members of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel, between them covering the five United Nations regions, and up to 20 additional experts on knowledge and data management, selected according to the rules of procedure.
At the discretion of the chair of the task force following consultation with the Bureau, a limited number of individual experts on knowledge and data management may be invited to participate in the task force as resource persons.
D. Modus Operandi
The task force will be chaired by members of the Bureau and will consist of experts on knowledge and data management selected in accordance with the rules of procedure. The task force will work through face-to-face meetings, web-based meetings and other electronic interactions. Products of the task force will be reviewed by the Bureau in consultation with the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel and forwarded to the Plenary for consideration. The task force will facilitate collaboration with existing initiatives.
In carrying out its work, the task force will also:
- Ensure that all its activities draw effectively on existing experience, complementing and building upon existing initiatives;
- Advise on strategic partnerships that could help to deliver improved access to data, information and knowledge, and facilitate other activities that have the same effect;
- Encourage the direct involvement of its members, as well as that of other relevant organizations, in capacity-building activities that address priority needs agreed upon by the Plenary.
Members of the task force on knowledge and data
|Bureau expert group co-chair||Asghar Mohammadi Fazel||ECO-IEST|
|Bureau expert group co-chair||Youngbae Suh||Seoul National University|
|MEP expert group member||Yi Huang||Centre of Environmental Sciences, Peking University|
|MEP expert group member||Mark Lonsdale||Monash University, Melbourne and Charles Darwin University, Darwin|
|MEP expert group member||Voahangy Raharimalala||Office National pour lÕEnvironnement|
|MEP expert group member||Yoshihisa Shirayama||Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)|
|Expert||Eduardo Dalcin||Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden||Brazil|
|Expert||Mialy Andriamahefazafy||Institut de GŽographie et DurabilitŽ" in Lausanne, Madagascar||Madagascar|
|Expert||Andras Baldi||Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences|
|Expert||Juan Carlos Bello Silva||Colombia|
|Expert||Sandra Knapp||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland|
|Expert||Jae Chun Choe||National Institute of Ecology||Republic of Korea|
|Expert||Walter Jetz||Imperial College London (P/T) and Yale University||GEO Secretariat|
|Expert||Ferenc Horvath||Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary||Hungary|
|Expert||Nidhi Nagabhatla||United Nations University (UNU-INWEH) Institute for Water, Environment and Health||International Human Dimensions Programme IHDP|
|Expert||Hiroya Yamano||National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan||Japan|
|Expert||Antonio Mauro Saraiva||Brazilian Academy of Science|
|Expert||Luthando Edward Dziba||South Africa|
|IPBES Secretariat||Simone Schiele||IPBES Secretariat|
|IPBES Secretariat (TSU)||Jihyun Yoon||National Institute of Ecology|
|IPBES Secretariat (TSU)||Kang Sung Ryong||National Institute of Ecology|
|IPBES Secretariat (TSU)||Jeong Eun Lim|