What policy support in the basket of IPBES?

15 March 2012 | News story

The Chair’s summary, scoping paper and all documentation of an international expert workshop on policy support through relevant tools and methodologies in the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is now available.

81 experts from policy, science and society from 41 countries discussed various challenges related to the IPBES function of policy support. The IUCN Secretariat and several IUCN Members also sent their representatives to this meeting. 

Conceptual discussions arose on the relationship between different policy tools (indicators, risk analysis, cost-benefits analysis, modeling, scenarios, assessments and networking) and different policy functions (strategic policy development, policy implementation, policy evaluation and raising awareness) across global, national and local scales. The participants addressed neutrality in science, called for transparency and a balanced IPBES, and discussed the inclusion of indigenous and other types of knowledge.

The work area of policy support together with assessment, capacity building and knowledge generation constitute the main IPBES functions. 

The workshop was organized by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), an IUCN Member, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in co-operation with Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Network-Forum for Biodiversity Research Germany (NeFo). Held from 7 - 9 December 2011, in Bonn, Germany, it sought to provide input to the intersessional process ahead of the Second Plenary Session to Build IPBES (16 - 21 April 2012, Panama).


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.