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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

 

Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa)

EU experts on IPBES thematic content

Over 80 experts, including those from the IUCN Secretariat and several IUCN Members, recently gathered for a workshop of the European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS) to discuss the proposed work programme of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). It was an opportunity to identify numerous ways for IPBES to collaborate with existing mechanisms so that its first activities are timely and effective. The workshop outcome is now available.  …  

21 Feb 2012 | News story

Juvenile green sea turtle swimming in shallow coral reef

What is IUCN?

Discover IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the world’s largest global environmental network. We are working in more than 160 countries, gathering the latest knowledge on biodiversity, running hundreds of conservation projects around the world and being nature's voice on the international stage. Watch this video and find out who we are and how we work for a just world that values and conserves nature. …  

09 Feb 2012 | Video

Nest of the Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)

IPBES: the Birth Pangs of a New Assessment Process

“Much has been written in academic Journals on what the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) could, should and might do, but in fact remarkably little has yet been finally decided upon [..] While this may seem to many to be an interminable process, it is important to recognise the advances that have been made,” says Jerry Harrison, Head of Development at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre. …  

12 Jan 2012 | News story

IUCN comments on the way IPBES is being shaped

UNEP, acting as the interim Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), has published all comments received from governments and other stakeholders on the draft elements of the IPBES work programme, the rules of procedure of the plenary and related IPBES procedures. The comments also include contributions from the IUCN network.
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10 Jan 2012 | News story

Ants

IPBES Forum: One for all, all for one

Are you eager to be engaged in shaping an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and defining its goals? Do you want to bring your knowledge and experience to the attention of governments and other decision makers? Here is your chance. The Stakeholder Forum on IPBES is a new email discussion group for everyone interested in advancing the involvement of scientists, conservation organizations, businesses and other civil society actors in IPBES. …   | French | Spanish

19 Dec 2011 | News story

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IUCN Experts on IPBES benefits

Tune in to a series of interviews and find out what is the role and benefits of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The interviews include various biodiversity experts from international organizations, NGOs, academia and scientific bodies - among these IUCN and its Members. …  

16 Dec 2011 | News story

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IPBES in Bonn

From 7-9 December, 2011 IUCN participated in an International expert workshop "Policy support through relevant tools and methodologies in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services ". The workshop was organized in Bonn, Germany by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and was attended by 85 delegates. IUCN was represented by an ELC legal officer and IPBES programme officer. …  

10 Dec 2011 | News story

Tanzania

Toward the IPBES kick-off

'Bodiversity from ecosystems – terrestrial, marine, coastal, and inland water – provides services that are the foundation of economies, human well-being and sustainable development [..] It’s been a long time in the making, but a strengthened science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services is now just round the corner,' says Neville Ash, Chief of the Biodiversity Unit, and Coordinator of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Branch, UN Environment Programme (UNEP). …  

25 Nov 2011 | Article

IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre

Establishing IPBES: Deadlines are set, work in progress

Significant progress in shaping the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has recently been achieved. What is the vision and involvement of IUCN? Find out in the interview with Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General. …  

21 Oct 2011 | Article

Cyrie Sendashonga

What role for civil society in IPBES?

Dr. Cyrie Sendashonga, IUCN Global Director of Policy and Planning Group talks about the role of civil society organisations and how these might engage with IPBES. …  

20 Oct 2011 | Video


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IUCN FOR IPBES
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