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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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The award is the United Nations’ flagship environmental prize, recognizing outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science, entrepreneurship, and civil society action. 

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The fourth session of the Platform's Plenary (IPBES-4) will be held from 22 to 28 February 2016, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Find out about IPBES-4

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Registration to the Stakeholders Days planned for 20th and 21st February 2016 at the fourth session of the IPBES plenary (IPBES-4) is can be done here -

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