From 7-9 December, 2011 IUCN participated in an International expert workshop "Policy support through relevant tools and methodologies in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services ". The workshop was organized in Bonn, Germany by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and was attended by 85 delegates. IUCN was represented by an ELC legal officer and IPBES programme officer.
The Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is currently being operationalized. This workshop occurred during the intersessional process established by UNEP which focuses on the rules of procedure of the platform and on the principles of its future work programme. It addressed the policy support function of IPBES as formulated in the Busan outcome (June 2010). This function has not been investigated yet by interested parties while the 3 other functions - assessments, capacity building and knowledge generation - had been addressed by informal expert workshops in early 2011.
The workshop intended to stimulate new ideas and rationale on IPBES policy support function. Conceptual discussions arose on the relationships between the different policy tools (indicators, risk analysis and cost-benefits analysis, modelling and scenarios, assessments, networking) and the different policy functions (strategic policy development, policy implementation, policy evaluation, raising awareness) across the global, national and local scales.
Documents circulated and produced during the workshop will be made available at www.bmu.de/ipbes
The next IPBES plenary session will be held in Panama City, Panama, 16-21 April 2012.