Over 80 experts, including those from the IUCN Secretariat and several IUCN Members, recently gathered for a workshop of the European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS) to discuss the proposed work programme of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). It was an opportunity to identify numerous ways for IPBES to collaborate with existing mechanisms so that its first activities are timely and effective. The workshop outcome is now available.
Scientists from social, political and natural sciences, European policy makers and government officials considered challenges and thematic approaches to assessments in relation to policy usefulness, perspectives on tools and methodologies for assessments, as well as periodicity and interrelationship of assessments (global and others).
Participants at the workshop emphasized that Europe with its broad landscape of knowledge holders on biodiversity and ecosystem services is ready to contribute actively to the first IPBES work programme with experience, resources and assessments.
The workshop was organized by the Danish Ministry of Environment, an IUCN Member, the University of Copenhagen and EPBRS with the support from the European Environment Agency and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The workshop was held last month in Copenhagen under the Danish Presidency of the EU and is part of the intersessional process ahead of the Second Plenary Session to Build IPBES (16-21 April 2012, Panama).
The full meeting report, the Chair's summary, results from the breakout group discussions and all key note presentations are available on the EPBRS website.