IUCN offers conservation knowledge for global nature platform
13 April 2012 | News story
The world needs a stronger link between government policy and scientific facts regarding nature and its benefits. IUCN is taking part in the second plenary session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), 16-21 April, Panama City, Panama.
IUCN wants to see a detailed work programme agreed upon in Panama City. IUCN’s experience supporting scientific research and managing field projects, while also bringing together governments, civil society, business, international agencies and the scientific community, make IUCN an indispensable partner for IPBES.
- 15 April: Second IPBES Stakeholders Day, Hotel Riu Plaza, Panama 3 Meeting Room, Panama City, Panama
- 18 April: Side event - How existing initiatives can support IPBES with data, information and knowledge products, Hotel Riu Plaza, Salon Barcelona 1, Nivel 2, Panama City, Panama
Spokespersons available for interview:
- Cyrie Sendashonga, Head of Delegation, Global Director of Programme and Policy Group
- Jane Smart, Global Director of Biodiversity Conservation Group
- Simon Stuart, Chair of Species Survival Commission (SSC)
Materials for the media:
- IUCN’s position and work related to IPBES
- IUCN publication: “IUCN Knowledge Products: The basis for a partnership to support the functions and work programme of IPBES”
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN works on biodiversity, ecosystem services, climate change, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.
About IUCN Commissions
The six IUCN Commissions unite 10,000 volunteer experts from a range of disciplines such as Education and Communication (CEC), Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), Environmental Law (CEL), Ecosystem Management (CEM), Species Survival (SSC) and the World Protected Areas (WCPA). They assess the state of the world’s natural resources and provide IUCN with sound know-how and policy advice on conservation issues.
IUCN for IPBES
The most prominent IUCN knowledge products include the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, Protected Planet (including the World Database on Protected Areas - WDPA), IUCN standard to identify areas of global biodiversity significance (“key biodiversity areas” - KBAs), IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, Global Invasive Species Database (GISD), ECOLEX: the Gateway to Environmental Law, IUCN Green List of well-managed Protected Areas, IUCN Natural Resource Governance Framework and IUCN Index of Human Dependency on Nature.
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.