After the publication of the assessment on scenarios and models, an IPBES expert group (2016-2019) and task force (2019 - present) continued the work on scenarios and models. Their objectives are to (1) support other IPBES work (e.g. assessments and other task forces) on the use of existing scenarios and models, and (2) catalyse the development of scenarios and models by the broader scientific community for future IPBES work.

As requested by the IPBES Plenary (section V of decision IPBES-4/1), the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel endorsed a detailed work plan for phase 2 of the work on scenarios and models which was condicted from 2016 - 2019 by the Scenarios and Models expert group (menu tab ‘Scenarios and models phase 2 experts’ ).
In 2019, the Scenarios and Models work was approved to be put under the responsibilty of a new Task Force scenarios and models (2019 to present). Their work is structured under several working groups 

Working groups for Scenarios and Models (June 2018 - present)

Building on the activities from the work plan of the expert group on scenarios and models as formulated during the expert meeting in 2018 in The Hague, the proposed plan lays out the activities foreseen for the task force on scenarios and models as part of the IPBES work programme up to 2030. The plan consists of several tasks allocated to five working groups, which are envisaged to be complemented by additional tasks in the future.

Working Group 1: Facilitating the development and rolling-out of a long-term research agenda on methodologies to formulate positive scenarios for nature and natures’ contributions to people in conjunction with stakeholders.
The role of this working group will be to ensure overall coordination and coherence between the participatory development of qualitative storylines, and their translation into quantitative terms through models and indicators. Through this process, this working group will outline a methodology that encompasses the overall cycle of envisioning positive futures for nature and people in collaboration with stakeholders, identifying pathways towards its realisation, and applying them to quantitative models. This working group will also facilitate the alignment between the nature futures framework and other global scenario processes.

Working Group 2: Facilitating engagement of stakeholders and broad scale consultations to further flesh out the positive future visions into consistent storylines using the nature futures framework.
This will include engagement of global, regional and national stakeholders and other networks with potential for synergies with the work of the task force and consultations with thus far underrepresented stakeholders such as the private sector and other sector groups. The working group will facilitate this through iterative cycles taking into account different contexts and geographies (with working groups 1 and 4) in order to ensure the inclusiveness of resulting visions and scenarios. In parallel, this working group will create communication and engagement materials based on the outcomes of the other working groups. This may include the creation of a stakeholder engagement platform on scenarios and models and of online resources on scenarios and models.

Working Group 3: Facilitating the iterative development of indicators and models to support the nature futures framework.
This working group will facilitate the translation of positive visions and storylines into quantitative terms, through mobilization of a broad community of modelling experts. This community will contribute to the development of indicators to measure progress towards the positive future visions, and to the production of future projections of drivers of change and associated policy options. For each nature futures scenario, detailed projections will be produced at global and regional scales focusing on changes in both biodiversity and in ecosystem services. This will further be used to analyse socio-ecological feedbacks to the human system, such as health, livelihoods and social attitudes towards nature and decision-making.

Working group 4: Facilitating engagement of a network of existing scenario development initiatives across various scales.
This working group will focus on the development of a strategy for promoting and supporting sub-global scenario-building initiatives that serve as case studies to introduce and adapt the nature futures framework across various geographical scales. Coordination across case studies will be sought through the development of a common toolkit which can guide the scenario-building process while being tailored to the needs of the specific initiative.

Working group 5: Collaborating with IPBES task forces (including task forces on capacity building, policy support tools, indigenous and local knowledge, and data and knowledge) and supporting the ongoing and new assessments (including the assessment on values, the assessment on the sustainable use of wild species and the assessment on invasive alien species). To ensure continuous communication and to strengthen collaboration, a member of the technical support unit on scenarios and models as well as members of the task force on scenarios and models will serve as liaisons for each of these task forces and assessments.


(2016 - June 2018) Phase 2 tasks: following the assessment

Task 1: Mobilizing research groups to apply the existing IPCC SSP scenarios to a range of biodiversity and ecosystem services models; Completed
A protocol has been developed for an intercomparison of biodiversity and ecosystem services models using harmonized land-use and climate scenarios. The results will serve as input for the IPBES Global Assessment.
The protocol paper (Kim et al. 2018) may be accessed here: 

Task 2: Mobilizing global institutional stakeholders to identify policy options to enrich the IPCC SSP scenarios using biodiversity and ecosystem services models; Completed
Paper in draft.

Task 3: Organization of a session on scenarios and models during the IPBES-5 Stakeholder Day; Completed on 6 March 2017.

Task 4: Full "IPBES scenario way forward" information document for the 5th Plenary of IPBES; Completed
The information document (IPBES/5/INF/2) may be accessed here:

Task 5: A scientific paper on ‘Multiscale scenarios for nature futures' addressing the scientific community and stakeholders; Completed
The paper (Rosa et al. 2017) may be accessed here:

Task 6: Development of an online evolving guide on the use of scenarios and models; Ongoing

Task 7: Organization of a workshop on visioning futures for biodiversity and ecosystem services (Auckland, New Zealand, 4-8 September 2017); Completed
The full report “Visions for nature and nature’s contributions to people for the 21st century’ may be downloaded here.
The summary of the workshop can be downloaded here.

Task 8: Long-term research agenda for the development of new IPBES scenarios; Completed
In June 2018, an expert meeting was organised to look back on the activities since 2016 and a new working plan for was developed. This resulted in several working groups (see top of the page).
A summary and a report of the workshop 'next steps in developing Nature Futures' can be accessed here