Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

An Informal Pre-Plenary Scientific International Workshop on Assessment and the IPBES

Overview

Date: 25 - 27 July 2011

Location: United Nations University, Tokyo (5F Elizabeth Rose Hall)

Organizers: The Ministry of Environment of Japan, UNU-ISP, Government of The Republic of South Africa

Co-Organizer: UNEP

Language: English only

Contact: Osamu Saito, UNU-ISP: saito@unu.edu

The Ministry of Environment of Japan will hold an Informal Pre-Plenary Scientific International Workshop on Assessment and the IPBES on 25-27 July 2011, co-organized with UNU-ISP.

IPBES stands for ‘Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’. IPBES will be an interface between the scientific community and policy makers that aims to build capacity for and strengthen the use of science in policy making.

Although there are many organizations and initiatives that contribute to the science policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services, there is no ongoing global mechanism recognized by both the scientific and policy communities that brings information together and synthesizes and analyses it for decision making in a range of policy such as the global environmental conventions and development policy dialogues. IPBES will be the mechanism that addresses the gaps in the science policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

In response to the Busan Outcome, the resolution adopted at the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly and to the decision adopted on IPBES at the 26th session of the UNEP Governing Council meeting, UNEP is cooperating with UNESCO, FAO, UNDP and other organisations at a plenary meeting to fully operationalize IPBES.

At this workshop, it is expected that academics and experts from Japan and abroad will consider the draft of scientific assessment on IPBES. The outcomes of this workshop will be proposed to the plenary meetings to be held in October 2011 and February 2012.

 


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