The 2nd Scientific Workshop on IPBES Assessment

Overview

Date: 27 - 29 February 2012

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

Organizer: The Ministry of Environment of Japan

Co-Organizers: UNU-ISP, UNU-IHDP

Supported by: UNEP

Language: English only

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

From 27 to 29 February 2012, the Ministry of Environment of Japan will hold an Informal Pre-Plenary Scientific International Workshop on Assessment and the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), co-organized with the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and United Nations University International Human Dimension Programme on Global Environmental Change (UNU-IHDP).

This workshop will help develop an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and bridge the gap between scientific dialogue and international policy.

Once developed, IPBES will provide 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 synthesizes and analyzes information for decision making in global environmental fora and development policy dialogues. IPBES will be the mechanism that addresses the gaps in the science policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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 second session of the plenary to be held in April 2012.

 

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