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

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:  ipbes@jncc.gov.uk

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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.

After joining the UK IPBES Stakeholder Network you can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at ipbes@jncc.gov.uk.

Personal data collected in this registration process will be processed by JNCC in compliance with data protection law and will not be shared with any other party.

Please refer to JNCC’s Privacy Notice for more information about how JNCC handles personal data and your privacy rights

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How to become an IPBES expert

The IPBES Secretariat regularly issues calls for nominations of experts to participate in their assessments (most recently for the Nexus Assessment and the Transformative Change Assessment).  For further information visit How to become an IPBES expert.

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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.

EM/2024/18 External review of the concept note on the future role of the policy support function is open

External review open until 31 May 2024

OPEN

EM/2023/49 Call for contributions to support uptake of the IPBES Invasive Alien Species Assessment 

N/A

OPEN

EM/2023/47 Notification: Call for relevant organisations to conduct workshops to catalyse further work on scenarios and models, including on testing the Nature Futures Framework

N/A

OPEN

EM/2023/56 Notification: Second external review of the IPBES transformative change assessment now live!

External Review held between 8 December 2023 and 31 January 2024

CLOSED

EM/2023/55 Notification: Second external review of the IPBES nexus assessment (second draft of the chapters and first draft of the summary for policymakers) now live!

External Review held between 20 November 2023 and 21 January 2024

CLOSED

EM/2023/57 Notification: Call for inputs on the future role of the policy support function and ways to strengthen the implementation of objective 4(a)

EM/2023/57 Notification: Call for inputs on the future role of the policy support function and ways to strengthen the implementation of objective 4(a)

CLOSED

EM/2023/39 Notification: Call for nominations of fellows for the IPBES task force on scenarios and models 

Application form – 9 January 2024

CLOSED

EM/2023/38 Notification: Call for nominations for fellows for the methodological assessment on monitoring biodiversity and nature's contributions to people assessment 

Application form – 9 January 2024 

CLOSED

EM/2023/36 Notification: Call for nominations for experts for the methodological assessment on monitoring biodiversity and nature's contribution to people 

Application Form – 9 January 2024

CLOSED
EM/2023/37 Notification: Call for nominations of experts to IPBES Task Forces 

Application form – 19 November 2023 

CLOSED

EM/2023/50 Notification: Call for nominations for scoping experts for the second global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services 

Application form – 19 November 2023 

CLOSED

EM/2023/32 & EM/2023/45 Notifications: Call for offers to host the technical support unit for the IPBES monitoring assessment 

5 November 2023

CLOSED

EM/2023/31 & EM/2023/43 Notifications: Call for offers to host the technical support units for the IPBES task forces 

31 October 2023

CLOSED

 

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