African States

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Fundisile Goodman Mketeni
Bureau Member
Chief Executive Officer
South African National Parks
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Alfred Apau Oteng Yeboah
Bureau Member
Dept of Botany, University of Ghana
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Larbi Sbaï
Bureau alternate
Conseiller du Secrétaire général du Département de la Pêche Maritime
Ministere de la peche maritime

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Asghar Mohammadi Fazel
Bureau Member
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Youngbae Suh
Bureau Member
Seoul National University
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Zhiyun Ouyang
Bureau alternate
Director, State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology
Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Ratna Kusuma Sari
Bureau alternate
Ministry of Environment and Forestry

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Rashad Zabid Oglu Allahverdiyev
Bureau Member
Head expert
Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources Republic of Azerbaijan
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Senka Barudanovic
Bureau Member
Faculty of Science, Zmaja od Bosne
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Adem Bilgin
Bureau alternate
Head of Research Division
Research Division, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs

Latin American and Caribbean States

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Ana María Hernandez Salgar
Bureau Member
Head of International Affairs, Policy and Cooperation Office
Alexander von Humboldt Institute
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Spencer Thomas
Bureau Member
Ambassador and Special Envoy for Multilateral Environmental Agreements
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Lourdes Coya De La Fuente
Bureau alternate
Officer / Environmental Department / Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment

Western European and other States

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Ivar Andreas Baste
Bureau Member
Senior Advisor
Norwegian Environment Agency
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Robert Watson
Bureau Member
Director for Stategic Development
Tyndall Center Department of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia

Mandate and Procedures

The Mandate of the Bureau is set out in the functions, operating principles and institutional arrangements of IPBES as contained in the appendix to the resolution establishing IPBES (appendix I to annex I to document UNEP/IPBES.MI/2/9), it includes:

  1. Addressing requests related to IPBES’ programme of work and products that require attention by IPBES between sessions of the Plenary;
  2. Overseeing communication and outreach activities;
  3. Reviewing progress in the implementation of decisions of the Plenary, if so directed by the Plenary;
  4. Monitoring the secretariat’s performance;
  5. Organizing and helping to conduct the sessions of the Plenary;
  6. Reviewing the observance of IPBES’ rules and procedures;
  7. Reviewing the management of resources and observance of financial rules and reporting thereon to the Plenary;
  8. Advising the Plenary on coordination between IPBES and other relevant institutions;
  9. Identifying donors and developing partnership arrangements for the implementation of IPBES’ activities.

The Plenary also assigned to the Bureau various roles in the process of preparing IPBES deliverables, as set out in the Procedures for the preparation of Platform deliverables (annex I to decision IPBES-3/3 and decision IPBES-4/3).

The rules for the operation and election of members of the Bureau are contained in section VII of the Rules of procedure for sessions of the Plenary of IPBES.


Event Dates City Country
12th meetings of the Bureau and MEP Monday, 22 October, 2018 to Friday, 26 October, 2018 Bonn Germany
11th meetings of the Bureau and MEP Monday, 25 June, 2018 to Friday, 29 June, 2018 Bonn Germany
10th meetings of the Bureau and MEP Monday, 23 October, 2017 to Friday, 27 October, 2017 Bonn Germany
9th meetings of the Bureau and MEP Sunday, 18 June, 2017 to Friday, 23 June, 2017 Bonn Germany
8th meetings of the Bureau and MEP Sunday, 23 October, 2016 to Thursday, 27 October, 2016 Bonn Germany
7th meetings of the Bureau and MEP Sunday, 5 June, 2016 to Thursday, 9 June, 2016 Bonn Germany
6th meetings of the Bureau and MEP Wednesday, 7 October, 2015 to Sunday, 11 October, 2015 Bonn Germany
5th meetings of the Bureau and MEP Sunday, 12 April, 2015 to Thursday, 16 April, 2015 Bonn Germany
4th meetings of the Bureau and MEP Sunday, 6 July, 2014 to Thursday, 10 July, 2014 Bonn Germany
3rd meetings of the Bureau and MEP Sunday, 9 March, 2014 to Thursday, 13 March, 2014 Bonn Germany
2nd meetings of the Bureau and MEP Monday, 26 August, 2013 to Friday, 30 August, 2013 Cape Town South Africa
1st meetings of the Bureau and MEP Friday, 31 May, 2013 to Wednesday, 5 June, 2013 Bergen Norway