The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has opened the draft scoping report of the Nexus assessment for external review. In a separate call, IPBES also invites Indigenous peoples and local communities from all over the world to support the three ongoing IPBES assessments with their contributions.

Call for external reviewers for the draft scoping report for the IPBES nexus assessment  

The new IPBES work programme (2019-2010) includes a thematic assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health (nexus assessment), which will examine the interlinkages among the sustainable development goals related to food and water security, health for all, protecting biodiversity on land and in the oceans, and combating climate change. 

The draft scoping report for this Nexus assessment is now open for external review. The aim of this review is to increase the policy relevance of this scoping report by engaging Governments and stakeholders early in the process of defining the policy questions that this assessment will address. This is a good time to make sure that the defined policy questions make sense also from the perspective of mountain regions and their specific possibilities and challenges. The MRI Science Leadership Council members and Co-PIs will contribute to this call with their own group review.

This external review is open 5 June -  31 July 2020. Please click the button below to register as a reviewer and to access the document together with instructions on how to submit comments.

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Call for contributions on indigenous and local knowledge

In a second call, IPBES is also launching a “call for contributions on indigenous and local knowledge”, to invite indigenous peoples and local communities from all over the world to support the three ongoing IPBES assessments:

  • The assessment of the sustainable use of wild species 
  • The assessment on diverse conceptualisations of multiple values of nature
  • The assessment of invasive alien species 

Contributions from indigenous peoples and local communities will help assessment authors to reflect on the assessments of the role of indigenous and local knowledge, practices, values, and actions in biodiversity conservation, as well as current challenges faced by indigenous peoples and local communities, and ways to move forward. Through the assessments, this information can be brought to the attention of policy-makers.

IPBES is hoping to receive materials that express community-based knowledge, practices, values, needs, and/or experiences related to one or more of the assessments. Materials can be submitted in national or local languages. IPBES also welcomes recommendations of individuals, communities, organizations, and networks that could engage in the development of the assessments as reviewers or contributing authors. 

The deadline for the call is 10 July 2020. Click the button below to read more about the call for contributions and to participate.

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External review of the draft scoping report of IPBES Transformative change assessment will be organized 3 July 2020 – 28 August 2020 (8 weeks). More information will be available at IPBES homepage when the review starts.

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About the IPBES

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body established by States to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. It was established in Panama City, on 21 April 2012 by 94 Governments.  It is not a United Nations body.  However, at the request of the IPBES Plenary and with the authorization of the UNEP Governing Council in 2013, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides secretariat services to IPBES.  Read more about IPBES here.

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