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IUCN Programme on IPBES


In April 2012 - after years of international negotiations - the world's governments agreed to establish IPBES as the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society. 

IUCN  has been involved in the IPBES negotiations since the very beginning and strongly supports ongoing work leading to the Platform's full functionality. As requested by its Members, IUCN will support not only the IPBES design phase but also the delivery of its first work programme 2014 - 2018.  This web section provides an exhaustive overview of IUCN's ongoing contribution to IPBES. 


Latest News


Turtle with fisherman

Bridging the science-policy gulf

Next week, 21-26 January, will see the first plenary meeting of the new Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). More than 600 delegates will descend on Bonn, Germany, to try to establish rules for how the platform will operate. Why the world needs IPBES? …  

17 Jan 2013 | Article

Logs from managed forests in Tunisia

Balanced, inclusive and grounded in reality?

Dr Thomas Brooks, Head of IUCN’s Science and Knowledge Unit takes a look at some of the characteristics needed to make the new intergovernmental science-policy platform effective. …  

16 Jan 2013 | Article


2013 - a constructive year for science-policy links

IUCN experts are busy preparing their input to the first plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) that takes place 21 to 26 January in Bonn, Germany. …  

10 Jan 2013 | Article

IPBES focus

On a mission for more informed decisions about nature

We start the year by taking a look at IUCN’s role in the newly-established ‘platform’ to assess the state of biodiversity, the Earth’s fragile ecosystems and the essential services they provide to all of us. Explore the content of the IUCN monthly focus on IPBES and follow IUCN at the First Session of the IPBES Plenary to take place from 21- 26 January 2013 in Bonn, Germany,.  …  

09 Jan 2013 | Article

Community discussing solutions to a changing climate and water flows in Olbil, Tanzania

Nature in 2012: a look back and a look ahead

Message from IUCN’s Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre and President, Zhang Xinsheng. …  

18 Dec 2012 | Article


Ecosystem science matters for business

IUCN and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) recently issued a briefing on business and biodiversity science, which highlights a variety of interactions and opportunities, as well as the current lack of synergies. This briefing also addresses the latest developments of the global expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES). …  

03 Dec 2012 | News story

Lao researchers take a look at a smallholder rubber plantation outside Jinghong, Xishuangbanna.

IPBES on the public radar screen

“The impacts are what matter for climate change - flooding of deltas, drought, heat in the city, not the fact that the temperature rises. When biodiversity is concerned, it is a fairly unexplored topic," thinks Lucien Chabason from the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), one of the experts quoted in the recent media article on the IPBES establishment. …  

28 Nov 2012 | Article
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IPBES event at the Just World Pavilion, IUCN World Conservation Congress - Jeju 2012

Engagement in IPBES – the top priority for IUCN

"IUCN’s commitment to materialize IPBES, which concretely works at the science-policy interface, marked another step during the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress," says Ms Cyrie Sendashonga, Global Director, Policy and Programme Group, IUCN Secretariat. …  

10 Oct 2012 | News story
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Funny Talking Penguins

Conservation storytelling from science to IPBES

"Science and stories are not the same thing, although stories have long been the outward face of conservation science. With the launch of IPBES we are going to have to more carefully and strategically untangle our stories from our science," writes IUCN experts in the recent issue of Conservation Biology.  …  

03 Oct 2012 | News story
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Planting trees

Preparing early work of IPBES

“Following the IPBES official establishment, IUCN believes that all contributions to facilitate its activities are important. The development of a "conceptual framework" for all IPBES reports and work is among the priorities,” says Mr Pierre Commenville from IUCN ahead of an expert meeting to be held in October 2012, Paris, France.  …  

27 Sep 2012 | News story

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  • IUCN Brochure : Towards a Science-Policy Authority on Biodiversity: IPBES, 2013
  • IUCN Knowledge Products: The basis for a partnership to support the functions and work programme of IPBES
  • Brochure: VOICES FOR NATURE - IUCN's six expert Commissions working together for people and nature

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  • What does stakeholder engagement in IPBES mean - a message from a side event held during IPBES-2, 9 December 2013
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