Bonn, Germany, 7–10 March 2017

At its fifth session, the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) considered, for approval, a proposed approach for addressing indigenous and local knowledge in IPBES deliverables, encompassing the participatory mechanism and the roster, as set out in the note by the secretariat on indigenous and local knowledge systems (IPBES/5/4). Additional information, including an evaluation of the experience gained in piloting indigenous and local knowledge dialogue workshops and information on the approach to addressing indigenous and local knowledge in the global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services was provided in document IPBES/5/INF/4.


The final outcome includes: 

  • Approves the approach for recognizing and working with Indigenous and Local Knowledge (ILK) and requests the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP), supported by the Task Force on ILK, to implement it;
  • Invites Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) and their representatives, as well as experts on ILK, to engage in the activities described in the approach, in particular through the participatory mechanism;
  • Invites governments, stakeholders, strategic partners and others to support activities that mobilize ILK where such knowledge is needed but not available in readily available formats, and that increase the capacity of IPLCs to engage in and benefit from the Platform; and
  • Requests the Executive Secretary to make the arrangements necessary to implement the approach, including for the establishment of the participatory mechanism, subject to the availability of resources.


Documents presented at IPBES-5

Deliverable 1(c) working documents

Deliverable 1(c) information documents



IPBES-5 Meeting Report (Advance)



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