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.