How to increase the appeal of IPBES
09 December 2013 | News story
As 100+ governments gather in Antalya to shape the first IPBES programme for assessing the world’s biodiversity, 100+ knowledge holders reinforce their offer to assist and propose concrete actions for success.
Identifying and engaging the most relevant experts in the IPBES work is one of the greatest challenges that this new intergovernmental platform is facing. Stakeholders – including the private sector, indigenous peoples, local communities, scientific networks and conservation practitioners – are not only essential knowledge and expertise resources for IPBES, but will also be end users of its outcomes.
Today – at the opening of the Second Session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-2) – stakeholders have called for the establishment of an open Forum to streamline access to the Platform’s activities. This would help facilitating effective partnerships, full stakeholder engagement in the implementation of the IPBES work programme and interactions with all Platform bodies throughout all IPBES process.
They have also urged the governments to adopt the proposed stakeholder engagement strategy and develop an engagement plan as part of the first IPBES work programme 2014-2018. The practical recipes for success in IPBES communication, outreach and the first five-year programme delivery thereby recommended should serve as a starting point for this plan.
A collective statement and these recipes for success have been developed by 100+ participants of IPBES Stakeholder Days, held immediately prior to IPBES-2. The meeting was convened by the IPBES Secretariat and co-facilitated by IUCN and the International Council for Science (ICSU).
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.
- List of Member nations (currently 115);
- Leadership (including Spencer Thomas, IUCN Regional Councillor for North America and the Caribbean);
- Experts (including Tamar Pataridze, IUCN Regional Councillor for Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia and a number of members of IUCN Commissions).