Welcome to this IPBES online conference!

Purpose and outcome

This online conference represents an innovation for IPBES. Its purpose is to seek the broadest possible input (scientists and other knowledge holders, representatives of Governments, and of institutions and organisations, etc.), at this very initial phase in the production of an IPBES assessment, to define the policy-relevant questions that the assessment will address, and to thus make the assessment as relevant as possible to a diversity of stakeholders. The purpose is not to define the structure at this early stage, nor the set of chapters, but to collect the policy-relevant questions that stakeholders would like to see addressed by the assessment.

The outcome of this online conference will consist in a report which will be presented to the group of scoping experts at their meeting and contribute to the scoping report which these experts will draft.

Process

The Plenary, at IPBES 7 (April-May 2019, Paris), adopted a new work programme (2019-2030; available here), following up on the first IPBES work programme 2014-2018, which culminated with the approval of the IPBES Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services at IPBES 7.

This new work programme includes a thematic assessment of transformative change whose objective would be to understand and identify factors in human society at both the individual and collective levels, including behavioural, social, cultural, economic, institutional, technical and technological dimensions, that may be leveraged to bring about transformative change for the conservation, restoration and wise use of biodiversity, while taking into account broader social and economic goals in the context of sustainable development.

The first step in the production of this assessment, as for all IPBES assessments, consists in defining the scope of the assessment, including the overall framework, set of chapters, and their brief content, and a timeline and budget for its production. This will be done at a “scoping meeting” in early 2020 (information on the date and venue of the meeting is available in our calendar), and for which there is currently a call for nominations of experts, with a deadline of 15/29 October 2019 (please see call for nominations). The “scoping report” produced at that meeting will be considered by IPBES 8 (Feb. 2021). If approved, the assessment would begin immediately after IPBES 8, with a call for experts to produce that assessment.

This pre-scoping online conference forms part of the scoping process and contributes to the scoping report.

Agenda

This on-line conference is taking place over 3 days, from Wednesday 9 October (Day 1), to Friday 11 October 2019 (Day 3). We propose to dedicate day 1 to reflecting on “transformative change as system change”, asking what transformative change is, and why a system-change perspective and transformative change in particular may be crucial for the long-term conservation, restoration and wise use of biodiversity. Day 2 would focus on what to change and introduce key points of intervention (i.e. leverage points) that would be conducive to change (e.g. embracing diverse visions of a good life, reducing consumption and wastes, unleashing values). Finally, day 3 would discuss how to change the system, focusing on the types of management and governance interventions from a variety of actors that appear the most promising in various contexts (e.g. incentives, cross-sectoral cooperation, environmental law and implementation).

Each part will begin with an introductory talk (15 mn), followed by a moderated oral exchange (2 hours), ending with a period of about 24 hours for written contributions.

 

All times are Central European Summer Time

 

Day 1 (Wednesday 9 October 2019): Introduction and topic 1 (transformative change as a system change)

Time

Item

14.00–14.15

Welcome and introduction: Dr. Anne Larigauderie, IPBES Executive Secretary

  • Click here to view the welcoming remarks
  • For an introduction to IPBES and the webinar series please click here.

Topic 1: Transformative change as a system change

14.15-14.30

1.1 Introductory talk: Dr. Kai Chan, The University of British Columbia

  • Purpose: One expert will introduce the topic, and outline some of the key issues that the assessment could address, in order to initiate the discussion.
  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange

14.30-16.30

1.2 Oral exchange

  • Participants will, following the talk, be invited by the speaker, who will moderate the exchange, to react to its content, and to reflect on the following question, with an emphasis on solutions rather than on impacts:

What are in your opinion the most important questions that should be addressed by the transformative change assessment under topic 1?

  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange

16.00-until noon on Day 2

1.3 Online contributions

  • Participants are invited to send, between 16.30 and noon the next day, short and punchy written contributions, to complement this oral exchange, further addressing the question outlined above.
  • Click here to participate in the online forum

Day 2 (Thursday 10 October 2019): Topic 2 (What to change?)

Topic 2: What to change?

14.00-14.15

2.1 Introductory talk: Dr. Laura Maureen Bosch Pereira, Stellenbosch University

  • Purpose: One expert will introduce the topic, and outline some of the key issues that the assessment could address, in order to initiate the discussion.
  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange

14.15-16.00

2.2 Oral exchange

  • Participants will, following the talk, be invited by the speaker, who will moderate the exchange, to react to its content, and to reflect on the following question, with an emphasis on solutions rather than on impacts:

What are in your opinion the most important questions that should be addressed by the transformative change assessment under topic 2?

  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange

16.00-noon on Day 3

2.3 Online contributions

  • Participants are invited to send, between 16.15 and noon the next day, short and punchy written contributions, to complement this oral exchange, further addressing the question outlined above.
  • Click here to participate in the online forum

Day 3 (Friday 11 October 2019): Topic 3 (How to change the system?)

Topic 3: How to change the system?

14.00-14.15

3.1 Introductory talk: Dr. Karen O’Brien, University of Oslo

  • Purpose: One expert will introduce the topic, and outline some of the key issues that the assessment could address, in order to initiate the discussion.
  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange

14.15-16.00

3.2 Oral exchange

  • Participants will, following the talk, be invited by the speaker, who will moderate the exchange, to react to its content, and to reflect on the following question, with an emphasis on solutions rather than on impacts:

What are in your opinion the most important questions that should be addressed by the transformative change assessment, under topic 3?

  • Click here to view the introductory talk and participate in the oral exchange

16.00 until noon on 3rd October

3.3 Online contributions

  • Participants are invited to send, between 16.30 and noon the next day, short and punchy written contributions, to complement this oral exchange, further addressing the question outlined above.
  • Click here to participate in the online forum

How can you join the online conference?

 

To view the introductory talks and participate in the oral exchanges, please click on the links in the schedule at the indicated times or use the links below.

To participate in the online fora, please click on the links in the schedule or in the right-hand menue. Please note that you need to be logged-in on the IPBES website in order to contribute to the fora. If you do not have an IPBES account yet, please register here.

 

Webinar Forum Presentations
Transformative change as system change Recording of introductory presentations Day 1 forum

Anne Larigauderie

Kai Chan

What to change? Recording of introductory presentations Day 2 forum Laura Pereira
How to change a system Recording of introductory presentations Day 3 forum Karen O'Brien