Together with the adoption of the first IPBES work programme, the Plenary established the task force on knowledge and data (decision IPBES-2/5, section II) with the primary purpose to support the implementation of deliverables 1(d) and 4(b).

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

Deliverable 4(b): Information and data management plan

IPBES is requested to develop an information management plan, in close coordination with and building on current international initiatives. Assuring data and information used in the development of the Platform’s assessments is available beyond the initial assessment is critical for the future of the Platform’s activities. The catalogue of relevant assessments, and the catalogue of policy support tools and methodologies are components of an information management system.

The implementation of this deliverable is guided and supported by the task force on knowledge and data.

In decision IPBES-3/1, the Plenary approved the data and information management plan for 2015. IPBES-4 was presented with information on work on knowledge and data as part of the report of the Executive Secretary, including activities to be undertaken under the data and information management plan in 2016 (document IPBES/4/INF/7). In order to enhance its efforts, the task force on knowledge and data established in 2016 three task groups (sub-groups of the task force consisting of members of the task force and resource persons), on:

  1. indicators and data for IPBES assessments;
  2. the establishment of a web-based infrastructure in support of data and information management needs; and
  3. knowledge generation.