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IPBES Stakeholder Spotlight

The ‘IPBES Stakeholder Spotlights’ are short (about 4 minutes each) videos that aim to illustrate the varied engagement of IPBES stakeholders with all aspects of the IPBES work programme. The series gives voice to some of the dedicated and passionate individuals who are helping to strengthen IPBES’s work, improve its relevance and ultimately to ensure the vibrancy of the science-policy interface.

From different backgrounds and with very diverse professional experience, the interviewees touch upon their engagement with IPBES, the positive aspects as well as areas for improvement, and why and how to increase the uptake and impact of IPBES outputs among policy-makers, networks, peer organisations and the broader public.

IPBES aims to promote effective engagement with stakeholders in all relevant aspects of its work. To learn more about IPBES Stakeholders, and how one can join the IPBES Stakeholder registry and engage with the work of IPBES, please visit:

#1 - Joji Cariño

Joji Cariño is the coordinator of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IIFBES), one of the self-organized network of IPBES Stakeholders. IIFBES aims to bring together the Indigenous Peoples and local community participants, who contribute to, as well as benefit from, the work of IPBES.

Joji Cariño is the former director of Forest Peoples Programme, and continues to serve as a senior policy advisor for Forest Peoples Programme and works with the Indigenous and Local Knowledge Centres of Distinction.

#2 - Ruth Spencer

Ruth Spencer is the National Focal Point for The GEF Small Grants Programme in Antigua and Barbuda and an #IPBESStakeholder.

#3 - Günter Mitlacher

Günter Mitlacher is the Director of International Biodiversity Policy for WWF and an #IPBESStakeholder.

#4 - Sunandan Tiwari

Sunandan Tiwari is the Director of Global Implementation at the ICLEI World Secretariat and an #IPBESStakeholder. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development.

#5 - Laura Pereira

Laura Pereira is currently an expert on the IPBES Task Force on Scenarios and Models as well as a review editor for the IPBES #ValuesAssessment, and was a lead author for the IPBES Africa Regional Assessment, with affiliations at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Laura, as an IPBES expert, is an IPBES Stakeholder.