African States

Mariteuw Chimere Diaw
African Model Forests Network (AMFN) Secretariat
Eric Fokam
University Lecturer
University of Buea
Luthando Edward Dziba
Managing Executive: Conservation Services
South African National Parks (SANParks)
Mohammed Sghir Taleb
Research Professor
Institut Scientifique, Université Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco
Voahangy Raharimalala
Head of Environmental Information System Unit
Office National pour l’Environnement

Asia-Pacific States

Leng Guan Saw
Penang Botanic Gardens
Madhav Karki
Deputy Chair
IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management
Ning Wu
Theme Leader of Ecosystem Services
Internatinal Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
Rizwan Irshad
Deputy Director (Bio)
Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Climate Change, Islamabad, PAKISTAN
Shizuka Hashimoto
Associate Professor
University of Tokyo

Eastern European States

Mersudin Avdibegovic
University of Sarajevo
Ruslan Novitsky
Head of department of ecological impact assessment of nature transformations
National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Özden Görücü
Kahramanmaraş Sutcu Imam University
Rovshan Abbasov
Head of the Department of Geography and Environment
Khazar University, Azerbaijan
Katalin Török
senior researcher
Centre for Ecological Research

Latin American and Caribbean States

Antonio Diaz-de-Leon
Innovative Cutting Edge Solutions (ICES)
Bibiana Vilà
Principal Researcher
CONICET: National Research Council
Carmen Roldán Chacón
Director of Development and Marketing of Environmental Services
Fondo Nacional para Financiamiento Forestal, Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía
Germán Andrade
Universidad de los Andes
Juana Alvarez
Foreign affairs

Western European and other States

Isabel Sousa Pinto
Associate Professor
CIIMAR, Biology Department of the Faculty of Science of the University of Porto
Judith Fisher
Director/Senior Ecologist
Fisher Research Pty Ltd
Markus Fischer
President Swiss Forum Biodiversity/ Professor of Plant Ecology
University of Bern
Sandra Lavorel
Senior Research Scientist
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
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 Dates 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