African States

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

Asia-Pacific States

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

Eastern European States

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

Latin American and Caribbean States

Diego Pacheco Balanza
Bureau Member

Resigned on 15 Feb. 2018

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
Carmen Roldán Chacón
Bureau alternate
Director of Development and Marketing of Environmental Services
Fondo Nacional para Financiamiento Forestal, Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía

Resigned on 22 Feb. 2018

Western European and other States

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