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Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body which assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers.

What is IPBES?

In 2012 the world’s governments agreed to establish the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as a mechanism for strengthening the global science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services. Since then, IPBES has become the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential contributions they provide to society.

The most prominent aspects of the IPBES work programme are the assessments on themes such as pollination and land degradation and methods such as modelling and valuation. Following on from four regional assessments, the 2019 Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services helps to inform better policies and actions in the coming decade, by providing the first global synthesis of the state of nature and ecosystems since the landmark Millennium Ecosystem Assessment was published in 2005. Not only does this work provide policymakers with objective scientific assessments and support the needs of other Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), JNCC uses the outputs provided by IPBES to inform its own evidence-based approach to providing advice on reducing pressures and impacts on biodiversity both in the UK and internationally.

JNCC provides support to Defra in representing the UK’s interests at the annual IPBES Plenary as well as at the extensive programme of stakeholder meetings and workshops supported by experts in the biodiversity and ecosystem service field. Defra and JNCC are also responsible for reviewing IPBES papers and assessments, and organising meetings to engage UK experts and stakeholders.

To date, 30 UK experts across the disciplines of natural science, economics and social research have contributed to the work programme of IPBES as: assessment co-chairs; co-ordinating lead authors; lead authors and review editors; and task force members. IPBES provides an excellent opportunity to showcase UK scientific excellence, and experts also gain further experience working at the science policy interface.

To support effective UK engagement with IPBES, JNCC has built the UK IPBES Stakeholder Network.Through this Network we provide communications on opportunities and outputs from IPBES.

For any queries regarding UK IPBES please email:


UK IPBES Stakeholder Network

To join the UK IPBES Stakeholder Network please enter your contact details and preferences into the registration form.

Through the UK IPBES Stakeholder Network, we offer:

  • a programme of meetings and workshops for UK stakeholders and experts;
  • communications on opportunities and outputs from IPBES;
  • information on the structure and processes of IPBES; and
  • communications on other MEAs and related opportunities.

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Upcoming Events and Opportunities

The current opportunities and upcoming events are listed below. Further information on previous opportunities and events are available on the IPBES notifications pages.

Opportunity/Event Important dates  Status
EM/2020/05 Postponement of IPBES meetings

06 April 2020 – 14 May 2020


EM/2020/07 Save the date: External review of the draft scoping reports for the IPBES nexus and transformative change assessments / online meeting

Nexus assessment: 5 June 2020 – 31 July 2020 (8 weeks)

Transformative change assessment: 3 July 2020 – 28 August 2020 (8 weeks)

EM/2020/08 IPBES stakeholder engagement strategy – launch of second survey 4 May 2020 – 4 June 2020 CLOSED
EM/2020/09 Call for nominations: IPBES workshop on biodiversity and pandemics

Deadline for application: 1 June 2020

Workshop dates: 27–31 July 2020

Please see further information below*

EM/2020/11 Extension of deadline: Questionnaire on the use and impactof the IPBES conceptual framework Deadline: 29 May 2020 CLOSED 
EM/2020/14 External review of the draft scoping report for the IPBES nexus assessment now live Review period: 5 June 2020 – 31 July 2020 (8 weeks) OPEN
EM/2020/15 Call for contributions on indigenous and local knowledge Closing date: 10 July 2020 OPEN
EM/2020/18 Webinar for stakeholders on the draft scoping reports for nexus & transformative change assessments & indigenous and local knowledge dialogue workshop

Webinar on the draft scoping reports:
Date: 14 July 2020
Time: 15:00 – 16:45 CEST

Virtual dialogue meeting on indigenous and local knowledge:
Date: 16 July 2020
Time: 14.00 – 16.00 CEST


* Nominees are invited to fill out the application form and attach their curriculum vitae, through the dedicated web portal (please follow the link in the table for details on how to access this). This form includes a section titled “Details of Government / Organisation supporting your nomination”: Nominations can either be supported by government members of IPBES, or another stakeholder. If you wish for Defra to support your nomination, you should complete Section B as follows:

Type of nomination body: Government
Name of country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Position of contact person: UK IPBES National Focal Point
Full name (nominator): Dr Andrew Stott
E-mail (nominator):

Your nomination will be forwarded to UK National Focal Point for review and endorsement prior to being accepted by the IPBES Secretariat. Following the details in the published call, all nominated experts should have world-leading expertise related to biodiversity and pandemics. Relevant specialisms include: ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, epidemiology, public health (academic and non-academic; national and international), political science, economics and behavioural science. In addition, the UK will give preference to experts with experience of formulating advice for governments or public bodies, international bodies or industry.

It should be noted that only 20 experts from all parts of the World can be selected for the workshop by the MEP. If a large number of requests for UK nomination are received the UK National Focal Point will make a pre-selection based on the above criteria. Please ensure that your application shows how you meet these criteria.

Once your nomination has been endorsed, you will receive an automated confirmation.
All nominated experts (Nominees) will need to be available for the full duration of the virtual workshop, scheduled for 27–31 July 2020. Since the meeting is to be held virtually no expenses can be claimed.

For further information on the UK nomination process please contact Josephine Tucker ( 


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