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IUCN Programme on IPBES


In April 2012 - after years of international negotiations - the world's governments agreed to establish 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. 

IUCN  has been involved in the IPBES negotiations since the very beginning and strongly supports ongoing work leading to the Platform's full functionality. As requested by its Members, IUCN will support not only the IPBES design phase but also the delivery of its first work programme 2014 - 2018.  This web section provides an exhaustive overview of IUCN's ongoing contribution to IPBES. 


Latest News


Cyrie Sendashonga

What role for civil society in IPBES?

Dr. Cyrie Sendashonga, IUCN Global Director of Policy and Planning Group talks about the role of civil society organisations and how these might engage with IPBES. …  

20 Oct 2011 | Video

A butterfly

Open-minded approach to the inclusion of civil society in IPBES

On behalf of non-governmental stakeholders who have expressed their interest in the First Plenary Session to Build IPBES, IUCN has reiterated its suggestion that the operational and governance structures of IPBES should be set up in such a way to encourage optimum, effective and efficient involvement of all relevant stakeholders who are practically or potentially providers and/or beneficiaries of information of relevance to the platform. …  

07 Oct 2011 | News story

Albatross in the Pacific Ocean

Hope is in the air

"The place of civil society in the governance of the platform is still under question. We are confident that all delegates feel the need to raise questions and gather inputs from the field by a large consultation with civil society. This is very encouraging,” says Pierre Commenville, a member of the IUCN Delegation to the First Plenary Session to build an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). …  

06 Oct 2011 | News story


Which room for civil society in the house of IPBES?

On 4 October 2011, the second day of the First Plenary Meeting, delegates addressed the design of an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). IUCN supported the proposal to consider the role and the participation of non-governmental stakeholders in the Platform. …  

05 Oct 2011 | News story

Bee and Flower

Non-governmental actors united for a role in IPBES

Scientific and civil society organizations have called for a role in an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) both as providers and end users of knowledge. During the opening of the First Plenary Session to establish IPBES, these organizations stressed that their engagement is crucial for the relevance, impact and legitimacy of the Platform. …  

04 Oct 2011 | News story

Cyrie SENDASHONGA, Head of the IUCN Delegation to the First Session of the Plenary Meeting to Establish an IPBES, Nairobi

IUCN to support IPBES

IUCN strongly supports the establishment of an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in 2012 as a global mechanism to further strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being. This statement was delivered during the opening of the First Plenary Session to build IPBES, which is currently being held in Nairobi, Kenya. …  

04 Oct 2011 | News story

Jeff McNeely

Why is IPBES necessary?

Jeff McNeely, IUCN Senior Advisor and representative of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), an IUCN Member, explains the benefits of IPBES. …  

09 Aug 2011 | Video


Improving knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystems

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution to establish the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems, IPBES, which aims to strengthen the science –policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services. …  

08 Oct 2010 | Article

Children bathing with a basketful of fish

Go-ahead for Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

After a week of intense negotiations, governments have agreed to establish a new mechanism, which will strengthen the dialogue between the scientific community and policymakers on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The so-called 'IPBES' - the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services - will be a leading body in making scientifically sound and relevant information available to support more informed decisions on how biodiversity and ecosystem services are conserved and used around the world. …  

11 Jun 2010 | News story

Constanza Martinez

The talks continue...

At around 11:30 am of the fourth day of the 3rd consultative meeting on IPBES, the meeting overcame a major hurdle which made the participants feel more enthusiastic and hopeful about the outcome of the meeting. …  

10 Jun 2010 | News story

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