IUCN - Planning the first IPBES harvest

Planning the first IPBES harvest

06 August 2013 | News story

How could 100+ IPBES State Members effectively participate in the forthcoming Platform’s activities 2014-2018? IUCN recommends improving the current plan with priority given to capacity-building activities, setting up science-policy dialogues at national level, specifying burning conservation issues to tackle and harnessing the work of IUCN to the greatest extent.

The Platform should also specify the issues it intends to asses during its first five years of work, particularly on degradation of ecosystems, agriculture and biodiversity, pollination and scenarios methods.

IUCN reiterates that strategic partners are key for implementing essential activities of the Platform, including in the delivery of its work programme. The IPBES draft work programme underlines that IUCN is an indispensable partner for IPBES, both for implementing its work and for engaging stakeholders to support its activities.

These recommendations are part of the views submitted by IUCN on the draft IPBES work programme 2014-2018 and other documents. The recent public consultation on the programme saw broad participation from numerous governments, scientific networks and other conservation organisations.

In the coming weeks, the draft IPBES work programme will be revised by its experts and will be presented to the second session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-2), in December 2013, Turkey.

The full IUCN contribution and vision on IPBES to date can be found online. For additional information, please contact Pierre Commenville from IUCN.

About IPBES
The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established in 2012 as an independent intergovernmental body open to all member countries of the United Nations. The members are committed to building 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.