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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.

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UK IPBES Stakeholder Network

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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 is available on the IPBES notifications page.

Opportunity/Event Important dates  Status
EM/2021/20 Notification:
Save the date: Review of the draft Nature Futures Framework

6 September to 31 October 2021

EM/2021/19 Call for nominations of fellows to participate in the Nexus and Transformative change assessments

9 August 2021 to 27 September 2021

OPEN – more information on the UK nomination process
EM/2021/17 Call to nominate experts for nexus and transformative change assessments

19 July 2021 to 13 September 2021

OPEN – more information on the UK nomination process 
Call for offers to host the technical support unit for the IPBES transformative change assessment

12 July 2021 to 31 August 2021

Review of sustainable use of wild species assessment

14 April 2021 to 27 June 2021

Review of the study on the use and impact of the IPBES conceptual framework now live

11 June 2021 to 30 September 2021

Invitation to the eighth session of IPBES Plenary (#IPBES8) – Members, Observers and Stakeholders

14 to 24 June 2021

IPBES online conference – opportunity to provide early input to the scoping process of the IPBES business and biodiversity assessment, 25–26 March 2021

25 to 26 March 2021

Review of the second order draft of the chapters and the first order draft of the summary for policymakers of the values assessment now live!

20 January 2021 to 19 March 2021 

Call for nominations of experts to assist with the scoping of a methodological assessment of business and biodiversity

Nominations period: 12 November 2020 – 01 February 2021

Deadline for self-nomination to Defra: 25 January 2021

Call for nominations: IPBES workshop on modelling Nature Futures scenarios

Deadline for application: 09 November 2020

External review of the draft report of the IPBES workshop on biodiversity and pandemics now live
Review period: 02 October 2020 to 16 October 2020  CLOSED
Announcement of Key Secretariat Appointments – Head of Work Programme and Head of Operations

Date: 18 September 2020

Save the date: First external review of the IPBES assessment of invasive alien species

Review period: 31 August 2020 to 18 October 2020

External review of the draft scoping report for the IPBES transformative change assessment now live

Closing date: 28 August 2020

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

Call for contributions on indigenous and local knowledge

Closing date: 10 July 2020

External review of the draft scoping report for the IPBES nexus assessment now live

Review period: 5 June 2020 to 31 July 2020 (8 weeks)

Extension of deadline: Questionnaire on the use and impact of the IPBES conceptual framework

Deadline: 29 May 2020

Call for nominations: IPBES workshop on biodiversity and pandemics

Deadline for application: 1 June 2020

Workshop dates: 27 to 31 July 2020

IPBES stakeholder engagement strategy – launch of second survey

4 May 2020 to 4 June 2020

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 to 31 July 2020 (8 weeks)

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

Postponement of IPBES meetings

06 April 2020 to 14 May 2020




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