Which room for civil society in the house of IPBES?

05 October 2011 | News story

On 4 October 2011, the second day of the First Plenary Meeting, delegates addressed the design of an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). IUCN supported the proposal to consider the role and the participation of non-governmental stakeholders in the Platform.

An Ex Officio model should guide the engagement of non-governmental stakeholders in IPBES. This model would enable their participation in all aspects of the work of Platform and direct involvement in the work of the governing bodies, as non-voting members.

To ensure a link between IPBES plenary and relevant stakeholders from the civil society, IUCN proposed the creation of a permanent institutional mechanism. This mechanism would stimulate expression of needs and interests from non-government stakeholders. It would also coordinate their contributions on the best practices which could be relevant to the mandate of IPBES to avoid duplication, and inform and communicate on IPBES products to all relevant stakeholders who may not be members of the platform.

IUCN favours adequate and equitable participation of government nominees and representatives of non-government stakeholders, while also urges for an establishment of the independent panel dedicated to monitor the quality of knowledge mobilized by IPBES.

Read the full IUCN Statement on Modalities and Institutional Arrangements of the Platform here.

For more information please contact ipbes[at]iucn.org.