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Bonn (IPBES Media) – Pollination and the protection of pollinators are among the key issues of focus at the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13), currently underway in Cancun, Mexico – with a draft decision expected to be negotiated by the COP today, building on the recent publication of the Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, IPES (

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Remarks by Dr. Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of IPBES at the UN Talk, Celebrating UN Day and 20 Years of the UN in Bonn, Germany, 28 October 2016

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The scoping report for a possible future assessment of the sustainable use of biodiversity by IPBES is open for review from 5 September 2016 until 2 October 2016. The document will then be revised by the experts and submitted for consideration by IPBES-5 in March 2016. Letter of invitation and template for response are here.

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The IPBES task force and technical support unit on capacity-building are pleased to invite you to attend the third webinar of the IPBES Webinar Series. The webinar will take place 14:00-15:00 CEST, Thursday 23 June 2016. In this webinar, we will partner with Professor Simon Potts, co-chair of the IPBES Thematic Assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, who will give a presentation on “The IPBES Pollination Report”.

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The secretariat invites all expert reviewers with relevant knowledge and/or experience to register to review one or more chapters of the land degradation and restoration assessment. Interested reviewers are requested to fill the registration form for external reviewers.

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The advance English version of the report of the 4th Plenary of IPBES is available here

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IPBES invites the nomination of experts for Deliverable 2(c): Global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services and Deliverable 3(biii): Sustainable Use of Biodiversity. For more information and the application form, please click here. Deadline is 05 May 2016. 

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The IPBES pollination assessment report has been featured in more than 28 languages at 1,300+ online news sites in 81 countries (plus print newspaper and radio coverage). 

Hyperlinks with these stories are available here

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3-year Study Will Measure Progress as 2020 Deadline Nears  for Reaching Biodiversity Goals  Will Be Guided by Newly Adopted Approach  for Evaluating Biodiversity-Related Policy Options

Kuala Lumpur - February 28, 2016 - The launch of an ambitious new three-year scientific assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services was announced today at the close of a week-long meeting of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).  

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Assessment Details Options for Safeguarding Pollinators

Kuala Lumpur - 26 February, 2016 - A growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made, threatening millions of livelihoods and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of food supplies, according to the first global assessment of pollinators.

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Online forum w @IPBES Exec Sec, Anne Larigauderie Feb 10, 2-3 pm UTC. #signup on  how to engage in the current and future work of IPBES

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In a letter dated 13 October 2015, the Executive Secretary has invited Governments and Stakeholders to take part in an open consultative process on the draft scoping report for a global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Comments should be submitted into the dedicated template and sent back to no later than 3 November 2015.

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The Chair of IPBES on 5 October has invited all Governments and Stakeholders: 1) to make pledges for the IPBES Trust Fund ahead of the fourth Plenary (Feb 2016); and 2) to express interest in hosting the fifth session of the Plenary, scheduled for the first quarter of 2017. If you are in a position to do so, please communicate this to the IPBES Secretariat by email Please see letter from the IPBES Chair, Professor Zakri Abdul Hamid here.

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IPBES invites participation in two e-conferences: 1) "Scoping for a thematic assessment on invasive alien species and their control" and 2) "Scoping for a thematic assessment on the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity".

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The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) invites governments and prospective experts with relevant knowledge and/or experience to review and further develop the initial scoping for (a) the thematic assessment on invasive alien species and their control (Deliverable 3bii) and (b) the thematic assessment on sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity and strengthening capacities and tools (Deliverable 3biii).

Find the invitation letter to all member states and observers from the IPBES Chair here.

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The IPBES Chair launched on 20 July a call for proposals requesting technical or financial support for planning or implementing capacity-building projects, in the context of the IPBES prototype Matchmaking Facility.

Deadline for receiving projects is 5 September 2015. This call for proposals is available here.

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IPBES e-news is the newsletter from the IPBES Secretariat. It will inform all individual and organisations interested in IPBES about progress in the implementation of the work programme and opportunities to provide feedback and get involved. Get the second issue of IPBES e-news

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Professor Sir Robert Watson, Vice Chair of IPBES (WEOG), has been awarded the 2015 Ecological Engagement Award by the British Ecological Society. Given annually, the award recognises an exceptional contribution to facilitating the use and understanding of ecology. Bob is Director of Strategic Development at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at UEA, and a visiting professor at the Monash Sustainability Institute at Monash University. 

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The IPBES Conceptual Framework has just been published in two articles: A short article in Plos Biology provides an overview and showcases the Conceptual Framework's importance for IPBES and the wider community, while an extended article in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability contains the Conceptual Framework in full detail, with background and examples.

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The work of IPBES is guided by a set of principles and procedures for all the main activities of the organization. As demonstrated in this short note prepared by the IPBES secretariat, the Platform ensures credibility, relevance, legitimacy and transparency through its rules of procedure and processes approved by its Plenary. The Platform's processes and procedures will be reviewed and updated by its Plenary to ensure that they remain relevant, strong and transparent.

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