Engaging civil society in conservation policy: we must do better

19 February 2014 | Article

"Discussions on creating a global science-policy interface on biodiversity have been underway for the past decade. While the potential for such an initiative is enormous, we have struggled to find the right design, one that ensures legitimacy through ownership by national governments, scientific credibility and relevance to the big issues facing society," writes Pierre Commenville in the IUCN blog.

"I have been part of the effort to build this mechanism — the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and a close witness to the discussions."

Click here to read the full blog written by Pierre Commenville, former IUCN Programme Officer, now Deputy Director for Protected Areas at the French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.