The IPBES 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.

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 here for the call for nominations). The experts will be selected by the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel in November/December 2019 and candidates and nominators informed shortly thereafter. The “scoping report” produced at that meeting will be considered by the Plenary at IPBES 8 (tentatively planned for February 2021). If approved, the assessment would begin immediately after IPBES 8, with a call for experts to produce that assessment.

An online conference to provide Governments and stakeholders with the opportunity to provide early input to the scoping process will be held from 9-11 October 2019. See here for more information.