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

A. Purpose

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:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. To advise on the indicators and metrics to be used in Platform products and on the standards necessary for capturing and managing associated data;
  5. 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;
  6. 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;
  7. 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:

  1. Ensure that all its activities draw effectively on existing experience, complementing and building upon existing initiatives;
  2. 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;
  3. 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

Role Name Affiliation Nominating Government/Organisation
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 l’Environnement
MEP expert group member Yoshihisa Shirayama Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Expert Luthando Edward Dziba South Africa
Expert Sheila Vergara DIVERSITAS
Expert Sheila Mbiru Kenya
Expert James Watson Australia
Expert Eduardo Dalcin Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Brazil
Expert Mialy Andriamahefazafy Institut de Géographie et Durabilité" in Lausanne, Madagascar Madagascar
Expert Andras Baldi Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Expert Juan Carlos Bello Silva Colombia
Expert Romain Julliard France
Expert Sandra Knapp United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Expert Catherine Laurent France
Expert Gregory Insarov APN
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
IPBES Secretariat Simone Schiele IPBES Secretariat
IPBES Secretariat (TSU) Haejin Bae National Institute of Ecology (NIE)
IPBES Secretariat (TSU) Mokyoung Kim National Institute of Ecology (NIE)
IPBES Secretariat (TSU) Hyejin Kim National Institute of Ecology (NIE)
IPBES Secretariat (TSU) Wooyeong Joo National Institute of Ecology
IPBES Secretariat (TSU) Kang Sung Ryong National Institute of Ecology
IPBES Secretariat (TSU) Jin Han Kim
Country Start date End date Event documents
Knowledge and Data Task Force Meeting 1 Germany 20/04/2015 24/04/2015
Knowledge & Data Task Force Meeting Germany 13/06/2016 16/06/2016