IPBES Banner with catchline

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

 

ELC staff with Cyrie Sendashonga, Head of PPG  and Pierre Commenville, IPBES Officer

IUCN for IPBES: Consultation with IUCN Partners and Members in Bonn

On 11 and 12 July Cyriaque Sendashonga, IUCN Global Director of the Policy and Programme Group, and Pierre Commenville, IUCN IPBES Policy Officer, visited the office of the Environmental Law Centre to meet with IUCN partners and members in Germany, the host country of IPBES. In April 2012, the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established by more than 90 governments in Panama. The Secretariat of IPBES will be located in Bonn. …  

18 Jul 2012 | News story

IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre

A step change for biodiversity knowledge

"The hopes are high for IPBES to become an authoritative global mechanism recognized by scientists and policy makers alike to pull together dispersed information, syntheses and analyses on biodiversity and ecosystems. By building on existing processes and initiatives, and only creating new ones as a last resort in case of glaring gaps, the intention is that decisions and research investment will be more efficient," writes Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General. …  

04 Jul 2012 | Article

Peppermint shrimp inside a branching vase sponge

Reconnecting science to policy in Europe and beyond

“Scientific research is an essential foundation for the implementation of any policy in favour of biodiversity. We need to improve data on biodiversity and its dissemination between the scientific community, policymakers and civil society both at the EU and global levels,” urged Mr Gaston Franco, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) during the recent briefing session on IPBES, the new global science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The briefing report is now available. …   | French

02 Jul 2012 | News story

IUCN Europe

Biodiversity research, a key to our future

The European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS) released a video about the essential role of biodiversity research in addressing societal issues. …  

20 Jun 2012 | Video

King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)

Securing the web of life

The source of our food, medicines and clean water, as well the livelihoods of millions of people may be at risk with the rapid decline of the world’s animal, plant and fungi species. The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, released today on the eve of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, shows that of the 63,837 species assessed, 19,817 are threatened with extinction, including 41% of amphibians, 33% of reef building corals, 25% of mammals, 13% of birds, and 30% of conifers. The IUCN Red List is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity. …   | French | Spanish | Portuguese

19 Jun 2012 | International news release

IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre

Message from the Director General

Dear members of the IUCN network, after years of international negotiations, the world has just seen the establishment of IPBES, a top global platform that is to regularly assess the state of biodiversity, our fragile ecosystems and the essential services they provide to all of us.  …   | French | Spanish

25 May 2012 | Article

With an estimated commercial value exceeding US$2 billion per year, the Mekong is the world’s most valuable inland fishery

Establishment of IPBES: Implications for global, regional and national policy

In a recent article, Ibrahim Thiaw and Richard Munang from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have outlined a number of ways forward for the newly created IPBES. Those include finding innovative ways to combine existing knowledge systems, engaging civil society and integrating economic thinking into biodiversity and ecosystem protection. …  

10 May 2012 | News story

Fronds of giant kelp wave in the cold current in Monterey Bay, California

Scientific Body of CBD concludes its 16th session

On 5 May 2012, SBSTTA concluded its 16th meeting with the adoption of eight recommendations for COP11 after an intense week of negotiations. …  

09 May 2012 | News story

Hornet

Top global platform on biodiversity and its benefits established

After several years of international negotiations, the final operational design of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was agreed upon during the Second Plenary Session to build IPBES held in Panama City, Panama, from 16-21 April 2012. …  

24 Apr 2012 | News story

penguins

Hand in hand with IPBES

This week, in Panama, at the core of the current plenary session to establish a global platform on biodiversity and its benefits (IPBES), GBIF, IUCN and UNEP-WCMC showcased some examples of existing initiatives which the platform could build upon. More than 50 delegates attended the side event and gained an understanding of the data, information and knowledge already available to policy-makers. …  

21 Apr 2012 | News story


More news


Visit the News section on IPBES

Visit the section of all IUCN news by date, theme or region 

 

IUCN FOR IPBES
  • 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

IUCN CONGRESS OUTCOMES ON NATURE+ PEOPLE AND GOVERNANCE, LIFE & MORE
  • Conservation Trends button penguin
IPBES ENGAGEMENT FORUM
  • What does stakeholder engagement in IPBES mean - a message from a side event held during IPBES-2, 9 December 2013
What is IUCN?