All go for IPBES in Panama

18 April 2012 | News story

This week, governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, UN conventions, bodies and agencies are gathered in Panama to shape an emerging global platform linking science and policy on biodiversity and is benefits (IPBES).

During the opening of the event, IUCN, on behalf of stakeholders, reported on the Stakeholders’ Day held prior to the event and underlined a number of recommendations pertaining to the interest of non-government actors to be involved in IPBES.

This Stakeholders’ Statement includes a call for a mechanism that ensures full and effective participation of all stakeholders and an establishment of regional structures to carry out the work of IPBES. These structures should integrate the four functions of the platform and comprise regional experts with gender, within-region geographic and disciplinary balance, taking into account all knowledge systems.

“Scientific and civil society organizations need to play an integral role in developing ways for expert contributions to IPBES,” says Dr Cyrie Sendashonga, Head of the IUCN Delegation in Panama, IUCN Global Director of Programme and Policy Group. “These organizations are both essential knowledge providers on biodiversity and its benefits and final users of products IPBES will produce.”

Dr Sendashonga added that "there is a clear acknowledgement of the existing wealth of knowledge already available. What is becoming even more apparent is that there is a real need for an increased capacity to interpret such knowledge to support the development of policy, especially at national level. Interestingly, this need relates to both scientific and traditional knowledge."

About IPBES
IPBES stands for Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. IPBES will be an interface between the scientific community and policy makers that aims to build capacity for and strengthen the use of science in policy making. IPBES will respond to requests for scientific information related to biodiversity and ecosystem services from governments, relevant UN Conventions, bodies and other relevant stakeholders. Governments have agreed that the four main functions of IPBES will be knowledge generation, options for assessment, policy relevant tools and capacity building.

For more information, please contact ipbes[at]iucn.org