IUCN and the International Council for Science (ICSU) have launched a survey to collect views on stakeholder engagement in IPBES, the top new nature platform on biodiversity and its benefits. All stakeholders, including the private sector, indigenous peoples, local, scientific and conservation communities, are invited to contribute to the development of the first draft of their engagement strategy.
This survey aims to explore how institutional stakeholders could engage in IPBES as contributors to and end-users of IPBES work most effectively, what type of contributions can be expected and how to ensure that the IPBES products will be useful to stakeholders. Incentives for the engagement of individual experts have already been explored.
In January 2013, around 100 governments - IPBES Members - invited IUCN and ICSU to prepare a draft stakeholder engagement strategy, in consultation with stakeholders. This strategy will support the implementation of the IPBES work programme and, following an open government and stakeholder review of the draft, will be updated and presented to the next session of the IPBES Plenary in December 2013.
The short survey is available online in English, French or Spanish until 14 April 2013.
What is IPBES?
IPBES, the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, is an independent intergovernmental body created by a resolution adopted on 21 April 2012 in Panama City, Panama. It aims to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.
The decision-making body of IPBES is the Plenary of its members, currently 105 States. A bureau has been established to perform administrative and political functions and a Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) to perform scientific and technical functions.
Why does the engagement of stakeholders matter?
The engagement of stakeholders in IPBES, such as governmental and intergovernmental organisations, international and regional scientific organisations, environment trust funds, non-governmental organisations, indigenous peoples and local communities and the private sector, is a founding principle of IPBES, which was established following an intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder consultation process.
Stakeholders may engage in IPBES by:
- submitting requests, inputs or suggestions to IPBES;
- contributing to scope the work of IPBES such as determining available knowledge and necessary expertise, specifying the outline of a report; and
- getting involved in IPBES activities in one or more of its four functions - performing assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services; catalysing generation of new knowledge; supporting policy formulation and implementation; prioritising and helping to respond to capacity-building needs.