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IPBES Online Conference 2019


Announcing an online event hosted by IPBES – Online conference to seek input for the scoping process of the nexus assessment (September -30  October 2, 2019)

This online conference represents an innovation for IPBES. Its purpose is to seek the broadest possible input (scientists and other knowledge holders, representatives of Governments, and of institutions and organisations, etc.), at this very initial phase in the production of an IPBES assessment, to define the policy-relevant questions that the assessment will address, and to thus make the assessment as relevant as possible to a diversity of stakeholders. The purpose is not to define the structure at this early stage, nor the set of chapters, but to collect the policy-relevant questions that stakeholders would like to see addressed by the assessment.

The outcome of this online conference will consist in a report which will be presented to the group of scoping experts at their meeting and contribute to the scoping report which these experts will draft.

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What is a scoping report?

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The Plenary, at IPBES 7 (April-May 2019, Paris), adopted a new work programme (2019-2030; available here), following up on the first IPBES work programme 2014-2018, which culminated with the approval of the IPBES Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services at IPBES 7.

This new work programme includes a thematic assessment to examine the strong 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 and adapting to climate change.

The first step in the production of this assessment, as for all IPBES assessments, consists in defining the scope of the assessment, including the overall framework, set of chapters, and their brief content, and a timeline and budget for its production. This will be done at a “scoping meeting”, which is planned to take place on 24-27 March 2020, and for which there is currently a call for nominations of experts, with a deadline of 15/29 October 2019 (please see call for nominations). The “scoping report” produced at that meeting will be considered by IPBES 8 (Feb. 2021). If approved, the assessment would begin immediately after IPBES 8, with a call for experts to produce that assessment.

This pre-scoping online conference forms part of the scoping process and contributes to the scoping report.

Agenda – This on-line conference is taking place over 3 days, from Monday 30 September (Day 1), to Wednesday 2 October 2019 (Day 3).  Each part will begin with an introductory talk (15 mn), followed by a moderated oral exchange (2 hours), ending with a period of about 24 hours for written contributions.


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

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