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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. 

 

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Bees in the process of honey production, Madagascar

IPBES work begins - roll up sleeves

Almost 10 years after the launch of the idea and 5 years of intense discussions on the design, IPBES has adopted its first work plan for 2014-2018. The plan includes developing a set of assessments on pollination and food production, land degradation and invasive species aimed at providing policymakers with the tools to tackle pressing environmental challenges. …  

06 Jan 2014 | News story

Turtle hatchling

How to prioritise research for biodiversity conservation

Have you ever wondered how can conservation science best deliver outcomes in policy and practice? One element of this key question is the effective prioritization of conservation research, says Dr Thomas Brooks, IUCN Head of Science and Knowledge. …  

19 Dec 2013 | News story

Rice paddy fields

Ancient farming seen curbing extinctions of animals, plants

"Ancient farming practices, such as raising fish in rice paddies in China or Aboriginal Australian fire controls, will get a new lease of life under plans to slow extinctions of animals and plants," experts have said Alister Doyle of Reuters. …  

10 Dec 2013 | News story

What does stakeholder engagement in IPBES mean - a message from a side event held during IPBES-2, 9 December 2013

How to increase the appeal of IPBES

As 100+ governments gather in Antalya to shape the first IPBES programme for assessing the world’s biodiversity, 100+ knowledge holders reinforce their offer to assist and propose concrete actions for success. …  

09 Dec 2013 | News story

Women weaving mattresses using stripped bamboo cane

IUCN suggestions for weaving the first IPBES work plan

The second plenary meeting of IPBES is fast-approaching with an important task of putting in place the Platform’s work programme 2014-2018. IUCN recommends prioritizing activities according to their potential for policy impact and starting small but inclusive. …  

03 Dec 2013 | News story

Okapi (Okapia johnstoni)

Forest giraffe joins growing number of threatened species

The Okapi – a national symbol of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as the “forest giraffe” – and the sub-Saharan White-winged Flufftail – one of Africa’s rarest birds – are now on the brink of extinction, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Two species of albatross, the Leatherback Turtle and the Island Fox native to California’s Channel Islands are showing signs of recovery. …   | French | Dutch

26 Nov 2013 | News story

Indigenous Woman, Ecuador

Indigenous and Local Knowledge in IPBES

Will the new IPBES go the way of IPCC, or will it do a better job in using indigenous and local knowledge? An International Expert and Stakeholder Workshop took place on 9-11 June 2013 in Tokyo, on “The Contribution of Indigenous and Local Knowledge Systems to IPBES”. 
 

20 Nov 2013 | Article

Tiger in Ranthambore National Park in India

IUCN Green List boosts partnership with a new tiger conservation initiative at the Asia Parks Congress

In a move that will better connect protected areas management and tiger conservation, IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme and WWF’s Tigers Alive Initiative signed a mutual cooperation agreement on the development of the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas today at the 1st Asia Parks Congress in Sendai, Japan. …  

15 Nov 2013 | International news release

Global Map

Scientists identify the world’s most irreplaceable protected areas

A new scientific study has identified the protected areas most critical to preventing extinctions of the world’s mammals, birds and amphibians. Resulting from an international collaboration, this analysis provides practical advice for improving the effectiveness of protected areas in conserving global biodiversity. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

14 Nov 2013 | News story

Green light = Go

IPBES preparing to give the green light

"The remarkable speed of IPBES work is the result of a momentum that took long time to create. Many countries have pledged resources, the major scientific networks have offered collaboration, and much of the academic community has welcomed the new process. The landscape is therefore very favourable for IPBES, which now needs to demonstrate its ability to achieve quick results," writes Pierre Commenville of IUCN in the journal Environmental Policy and Law. 

13 Nov 2013 | News story


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IUCN FOR IPBES
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