IPBES: the Birth Pangs of a New Assessment Process

12 January 2012 | News story

“Much has been written in academic Journals on what the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) could, should and might do, but in fact remarkably little has yet been finally decided upon [..] While this may seem to many to be an interminable process, it is important to recognise the advances that have been made,” says Jerry Harrison, Head of Development at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

“It was clear from the mood of the Nairobi meeting that governments want IPBES to happen, and that the issues are now more to do with means of implementation. There is also clear recognition of the important contribution that can be made by a wide range of stakeholders, including those already working on initiatives that IPBES would be expected to build on,“ continues J. Harrison.

“Again the issue is working out exactly how such relationships would work. Now is the time for those of us expecting to contribute to a future IPBES to be discussing such issues, in preparation for the meeting next April 2012.“

Read the full article IPBES - the Birth Pangs of a New Assessment Process published on the latest issue of the Bulletin of the British Ecological Society (BES), an IUCN Member.


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.