Welcome to this IPBES online conference!

Purpose and outcome

This online conference represents an innovation for IPBES. Its purpose is to seek the broadest possible input (scientists and other knowledge holders, representatives of Governments, and of institutions and organisations, etc.), at this very initial phase in the production of an IPBES assessment, to define the policy-relevant questions that the assessment will address, and to thus make the assessment as relevant as possible to a diversity of stakeholders. The purpose is not to define the structure at this early stage, nor the set of chapters, but to collect the policy-relevant questions that stakeholders would like to see addressed by the assessment.

The outcome of this online conference will consist in a report which will be presented to the group of scoping experts at their meeting and contribute to the scoping report which these experts will draft.

Process

The Plenary, at IPBES 7 (April-May 2019, Paris), adopted a new work programme (2019-2030; available here), following up on the first IPBES work programme 2014-2018, which culminated with the approval of the IPBES Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services at IPBES 7.

This new work programme includes a thematic assessment to examine the strong interlinkages among the sustainable development goals related to food and water security, health for all, protecting biodiversity on land and in the oceans and combating and adapting to climate change.

The first step in the production of this assessment, as for all IPBES assessments, consists in defining the scope of the assessment, including the overall framework, set of chapters, and their brief content, and a timeline and budget for its production. This will be done at a “scoping meeting”, which is planned to take place on 24-27 March 2020, and for which there is currently a call for nominations of experts, with a deadline of 15/29 October 2019 (please see call for nominations). The “scoping report” produced at that meeting will be considered by IPBES 8 (Feb. 2021). If approved, the assessment would begin immediately after IPBES 8, with a call for experts to produce that assessment.

This pre-scoping online conference forms part of the scoping process and contributes to the scoping report.

Agenda

This on-line conference is taking place over 3 days, from Monday 30 September (Day 1), to Wednesday 2 October 2019 (Day 3). The work is divided into 3 parts, based on the figure shown below, with day 1 focusing on water and linkages (blue), day 2 on health and linkages (orange), and day 3 on food and linkages (green).

Each part will begin with an introductory talk (15 mn), followed by a moderated oral exchange (2 hours), ending with a period of about 24 hours for written contributions.

 

All times are Central European Time

 

Day 1 (Monday 30 September 2019): Introduction and topic 1 (water)

Time

Item

14.00–14.15

Overall briefing for the 3 days: Dr. Anne Larigauderie, IPBES Executive Secretary

  • Introduction on IPBES
  • Achievements of the first work programme (2014-2018)
  • The new work programme (2019-2030)
  • Introduction to the online conference
  • Click here to view the overall briefing

Topic 1: Water and linkages

14.15-14.30

1.1 Introductory talk: Luthando Dziba, South African National Parks (SANParks)

  • Purpose: One expert will introduce the topic, and outline some of the key issues that the assessment could address, in order to initiate the discussion.
  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange

14.30-16.30

1.2 Oral exchange

  • Participants will, following the talk, be invited by the speaker, who will moderate the exchange, to react to its content, and to reflect on the following question, with an emphasis on solutions rather than on impacts:

What are in your opinion the most important questions that should be addressed by the nexus assessment under topic 1: Synergies, co-benefits and trade-offs regarding water, biodiversity, and climate change; water and food; water and health?

  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange

16.30-until noon on Day 2

1.3 Online contributions

  • Participants are invited to send, between 16.30 and noon the next day, short and punchy written contributions, to complement this oral exchange, further addressing the question outlined above.
  • Click here to participate in the online forum

Day 2 (Tuesday 1 October 2019): Topic 2 (health)

Topic 2: Health and linkages

14.30-14.45

2.1 Introductory talk: Dr. Peter Daszak, President of EcoHealth Alliance

  • Purpose: One expert will introduce the topic, and outline some of the key issues that the assessment could address, in order to initiate the discussion.
  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange

14.45-16.45

2.2 Oral exchange

  • Participants will, following the talk, be invited by the speaker, who will moderate the exchange, to react to its content, and to reflect on the following question, with an emphasis on solutions rather than on impacts:

What are in your opinion the most important questions that should be addressed by the nexus assessment under topic 2: Synergies, co-benefits and trade-offs regarding health, biodiversity, and climate change; health and food; health and water (complementing day 1's discussion)?

  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange

16.45-noon on Day 3

2.3 Online contributions

  • Participants are invited to send, between 16.45 and noon the next day, short and punchy written contributions, to complement this oral exchange, further addressing the question outlined above.
  • Click here to participate in the online forum

Day 3 (Wednesday 2 October 2019): Topic  3 (food)

Topic 3: Food and linkages

14.00-14.15

3.1 Introductory talk: Ana Paula Dutra De Aguiar, Brazilian Institute for Space Research (INPE)/Stockholm Resilience Centre

  • Purpose: One expert will introduce the topic, and outline some of the key issues that the assessment could address, in order to initiate the discussion.
  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange

14.15-16.15

3.2 Oral exchange

  • Participants will, following the talk, be invited by the speaker, who will moderate the exchange, to react to its content, and to reflect on the following question, with an emphasis on solutions rather than on impacts:

What are in your opinion the most important questions that should be addressed by the nexus assessment, under topic 3: Synergies, co-benefits and trade-offs regarding food, biodiversity, and climate change; food and water (complementing day 1's discussion); and food and health (complementing day 2's discussion)?

  • Participants will also be invited to indicate any links between food, water and health that might not have been flagged in the discussion so far.
  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange

16.15 until noon on 3rd October

3.3 Online contributions

  • Participants are invited to send, between 16.15 and noon the next day, short and punchy written contributions, to complement this oral exchange, further addressing the question outlined above.
  • Click here to participate in the online forum

How can you join the online conference?

To view the introductory talks and participate in the oral exchanges, which will be organized as a webinar, please click on the links in the schedule at the indicated times or quick links below. It is possible to fill in the registration before the webinar starts. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

To participate in the online forums, please click on the links in the schedule, or in the right-hand menu. Please note that you need to be logged-in on the IPBES website in order to contribute to the fora. If you do not have an IPBES account yet, please register here.

 

Webinar Forum Presentation
Water and linkages Recording of introductory presentations Day 1 forum

Anne Larigauderie

Luthando Dziba

Health and linkages Recording of introductory presentations Day 2 forum

Anne Larigauderie

Peter Daszak

Food and linkages Recording of introductory presentations Day 3 forum

Ana Paula Aguiar

If you experience any technical difficulties, please contact the IPBES secretariat at ipbes.registration@ipbes.net.

Agenda