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IUCN Programme on IPBES


In April 2012 - after years of international negotiations - the world's governments agreed to establish IPBES as the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society. 

IUCN  has been involved in the IPBES negotiations since the very beginning and strongly supports ongoing work leading to the Platform's full functionality. As requested by its Members, IUCN will support not only the IPBES design phase but also the delivery of its first work programme 2014 - 2018.  This web section provides an exhaustive overview of IUCN's ongoing contribution to IPBES. 


Latest News



Ecosystem science matters for business

IUCN and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) recently issued a briefing on business and biodiversity science, which highlights a variety of interactions and opportunities, as well as the current lack of synergies. This briefing also addresses the latest developments of the global expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES). …  

03 Dec 2012 | News story

Lao researchers take a look at a smallholder rubber plantation outside Jinghong, Xishuangbanna.

IPBES on the public radar screen

“The impacts are what matter for climate change - flooding of deltas, drought, heat in the city, not the fact that the temperature rises. When biodiversity is concerned, it is a fairly unexplored topic," thinks Lucien Chabason from the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), one of the experts quoted in the recent media article on the IPBES establishment. …  

28 Nov 2012 | Article
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IPBES event at the Just World Pavilion, IUCN World Conservation Congress - Jeju 2012

Engagement in IPBES – the top priority for IUCN

"IUCN’s commitment to materialize IPBES, which concretely works at the science-policy interface, marked another step during the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress," says Ms Cyrie Sendashonga, Global Director, Policy and Programme Group, IUCN Secretariat. …  

10 Oct 2012 | News story
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Funny Talking Penguins

Conservation storytelling from science to IPBES

"Science and stories are not the same thing, although stories have long been the outward face of conservation science. With the launch of IPBES we are going to have to more carefully and strategically untangle our stories from our science," writes IUCN experts in the recent issue of Conservation Biology.  …  

03 Oct 2012 | News story
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Planting trees

Preparing early work of IPBES

“Following the IPBES official establishment, IUCN believes that all contributions to facilitate its activities are important. The development of a "conceptual framework" for all IPBES reports and work is among the priorities,” says Mr Pierre Commenville from IUCN ahead of an expert meeting to be held in October 2012, Paris, France.  …  

27 Sep 2012 | News story

Summit of Mt. Halla

Nature+: Towards a New Era of Conservation, Sustainability and Nature-based Solutions

Jeju Declaration by the IUCN President, the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea, the Governor of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province and the Chairman of the Korean Organizing Committee on the occasion of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, September 2012 …   | French | Spanish

15 Sep 2012 | News story

Stone sculptures

Green gets gold at Nature’s Olympics

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 15 September 2012 (IUCN) – As economic difficulties continue to dominate international debate, IUCN’s World Conservation Congress has put nature back centre stage in the quest to recover our natural assets and use nature to solve a growing list of economic and social issues. …   | French | Spanish

15 Sep 2012 | IUCN statement

WCC V Jeju

How can IPBES bring us further in conserving the world's biodiversity?

Full recording of the IPBES workshop held during the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress, Jeju, South Korea. …  

10 Sep 2012 | Video

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Journey through Jeju towards the first IPBES plenary

A guide to key events on IPBES at the forthcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress is now available. It includes discussions on IUCN's role in IPBES, a workshop on how IPBES can bring us further in conserving the world's biodiversity, training sessions on IUCN's flagship knolwedge products, and a number of other events of relevance to science-policy links.  …  

29 Aug 2012 | News story
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Woman preparing maize. Annapurna, Nepal

Knowledge drives action

The ground-breaking work of IUCN’s six commissions is highlighted in the latest issue of the journal S.A.P.I.EN.S. …  

24 Aug 2012 | News story

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  • IUCN Brochure : Towards a Science-Policy Authority on Biodiversity: IPBES, 2013
  • IUCN Knowledge Products: The basis for a partnership to support the functions and work programme of IPBES
  • Brochure: VOICES FOR NATURE - IUCN's six expert Commissions working together for people and nature

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  • What does stakeholder engagement in IPBES mean - a message from a side event held during IPBES-2, 9 December 2013
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