African States

Mariteuw Chimere Diaw
African Model Forests Network (AMFN) Secretariat
Moustafa Mokhtar Aly Fouda
Advisor on Biodiversity
Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, Egypt
Jean Bruno Mikissa
Deputy Director General
National School for Water and Forests
Voahangy Raharimalala
Head of Environmental Information System Unit
Office National pour l’Environnement
Sebsebe Demissew Woodmatas
Professor of Botany, Keeper, National Herbarium & Leader, Ethiopian Flora Project
Addis Ababa University

Asia-Pacific States

Yi Huang
Centre of Environmental Sciences, Peking University
Leng Guan Saw
Penang Botanic Gardens
Vinod Bihari Mathur
Senior Professor & Dean
Faculty of Wildlife Sciences, Wildlife Institute of India
Yoshihisa Shirayama
Executive Director of Science
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Rosichon Ubaidillah
Head of Entomology Labroratory, Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense, Research Center fo Biology, LIPI
Centre for Biological Research, Indonesian Institute of Sciences

Eastern European States

Mersudin Avdibegovic
University of Sarajevo
Günay Erpul
Ankara University
Ruslan Novitsky
Head of department of ecological impact assessment of nature transformations
National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Tamar Pataridze
Head of the Service
Forest Policy Service, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia
Katalin Török
senior researcher
Centre for Ecological Research

Latin American and Caribbean States

Brigitte Baptiste
General Director
Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Research on Biological Resources
Marcelo Cabido
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
Floyd Homer
The Trust For Sustainable Livelihoods
Carlos Alfredo Joly
Professor Plant Ecology
Biology Institute of the State University of CAMPINAS Brazil
Rodrigo Antonio Medellín
Instituto de Ecologia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Western European and other States

Paul Leadley
Professor and Director
Ecology, Systematics evolution Labaratory, University of Paris Sud-France
Mark Lonsdale
Professorial Fellow and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow
Monash University, Melbourne and Charles Darwin University, Darwin
Unai Pascual
Research Professor,
Ikerbasque (Basque Foundation for Science), Basque Centre for Climate Change, Bilbao
Marie Roué
Senior Research Director,
Laboratory of Eco-anthropology and Ethnobiology, National Museum of Natural History (MNHN)
Marie Stenseke
Professor in Human Geography
Department of Economy and Society, Gothenburg University

Mandate and Procedures

The Mandate of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel 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. Providing advice to the Plenary on scientific and technical aspects of IPBES’ programme of work;
  2. Providing advice and assistance on technical and/or scientific communication matters;
  3. Managing IPBES’ peer-review process to ensure the highest levels of scientific quality, independence and credibility for all products delivered by IPBES at all stages of the process;
  4. Engaging the scientific community and other knowledge holders with the work programme, taking into account the need for different disciplines and types of knowledge, gender balance, and effective contribution and participation by experts from developing countries;
  5. Assuring scientific and technical coordination among structures set up under IPBES and facilitating coordination between IPBES and other related processes to build upon existing efforts;
  6. Exploring ways and means to bring different knowledge systems, including indigenous knowledge systems, into the science-policy interface.

The Plenary also assigned to the MEP 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 MEP are contained in section VIII of the Rules of procedure for sessions of the Plenary of IPBES.


Event 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