26.09.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

First Plenary Meeting of Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Although there are many organizations and initiatives that contribute to the science policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services, there is no ongoing global mechanism recognized by both the scientific and policy communities that brings information together and synthesizes and analyses it for decision making in a range of policy fora such as the global environmental conventions and development policy dialogues.

IPBES will be the mechanism that addresses the gaps in the science policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
UNESCO has been cooperating with UNEP, FAO, UNDP and other organizations to convene a plenary meeting in order to fully operationalize IPBES. During this first plenary meeting on IPBES, it is expected that government representatives will consider the draft principles and procedures governing the work of IPBES, its governance structure, processes for nomination and selection of host institution(s) and host country for the platform, and initial elements of the work programme. The Plenary will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 3-7 October 2011.

UNESCO’s envisioned involvement in IPBES will provide a strengthened enabling intergovernmental framework for the Platform. It will enhance the scientific credibility of the process, as UNESCO is the specialized agency of the UN system in charge of science. In light of its mandate in the area of culture, UNESCO will ensure that evaluations under IPBES also take into account cultural services and the influence of human factors on biodiversity. UNESCO will also contribute in IPBES to generate knowledge and assess the status and trends of biodiversity and ecosystem services, identify possible policy responses and build capacity at the biodiversity science-policy interface.

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