14.06.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

Close of the Experts Meeting Regarding the Future Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

This meeting saw the participation of a substantial number of scientific organizations, programmes and networks active in the field of biodiversity science and taking an interest in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). UNESCO provided technical support to and hosted this meeting, which was organized and facilitated by the International Council for Science (ICSU) family of global change research programmes.

IPBES, the biodiversity equivalent of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will perform four main functions:

  • Identifying relevant knowledge and catalyze the generation of new knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services;
  • Conducting assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services at the global, regional and sub-regional levels;
  • Identifying policy responses and related tools; and
  • Building and catalyzing capacity in support of the Platform’s work.


The scientific community has an important role to play with regard to not only research underpinning the work of IPBES but also in all of the Platform’s functions.

The meeting allowed to gather information and views towards a coherent position of the scientific community in the IPBES process. It also provided the basis for the possible organization of a fully-fledged expert workshop, with UNESCO’s technical support,  to further articulate the knowledge generation function of the Platform.

The meetings outcomes and interviews of a selection of participants will be made available on this website at the end of June.

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