The new house of IPBES - built to link science and policy on biodiversity and ecosystem services - opens its doors to the scientific body of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), moving a leap closer to the achievement of the global nature conservation targets 2011-2020.
The CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBTTA) will transmit to IPBES its key findings on scientific and technical needs related to the implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi targets. It will also collaborate with IPBES regarding the first IPBES work programme in 2014-2018.
“This is very encouraging outcome of the recent SBSTTA meeting, matching our expectation for enhanced collaboration between the two bodies, the acknowledgment of stakeholder role and coordinated scientific contributions to decision-making,” says Pierre Commenville of IUCN. “The meeting was an important test of confidence between the major international biodiversity convention and the nascent IPBES, preparing the ground for successful decisions on its activities in the next five years.“
SBSTTA recommendation to the CBD welcomed the IPBES draft work programme 2014-2018, in particular the proposed regional, global, thematic and methodological assessments. SBSTTA also expressed its hopes that IPBES will provide useful and evidence-based information for the Convention, especially related to the Global Biodiversity Outlook reports that regularly measure progress in biodiversity conservation. Further, SBSTTA decided to ask assistance of IPBES in considering the new and emerging issues for biodiversity conservation that are regularly submitted to its attention. The participation of the SBSTTA’s Chair in IPBES expert meetings is recognized as an effective bridge with IPBES and the future policy impact of IPBES.
“IUCN appreciates this progress and calls for the Union’s strengthened cooperation with IPBES the same way it has just developed with SBSTTA,” adds Mr Commenville. “IUCN is regularly commended for its work on biodiversity and ecosystem services and is recognized as key to support the implementation of global nature conservation targets 2011-2020. This meeting made no exception in the calls to continue further development of our work.“
A special recognition was given by the SBSTTA recommendations adopted on the current developments of the IUCN Global Invasive Species Database, progressively linked with the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM and referenced in global major initiatives. SBSTTA also highlighted the progress made in defining the Key Biodiversity Areas, that is a critical resource for the implementation of Aichi Target 11 and will be launched at the IUCN World Parks Congress in November 2014. The work of the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides of the IUCN expert Commissions on Ecosystem Management and Species Survival has also been noted as an important resource that should be utilized both by SBSTTA and IPBES.
Next month, 110+ IPBES member governments and various stakeholders, including IUCN, will meet in Antalya, Turkey for the second IPBES Plenary meeting. This meeting is expected to put in place a 5-year work programme for the Platform and agree on the stakeholder engagement strategy. The draft documents have been prepared, with an input from IUCN, among others.
For more information on the IUCN's contribution, please contact Pierre Commenville.
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 114);
- 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).