"The remarkable speed of IPBES work is the result of a momentum that took long time to create. Many countries have pledged resources, the major scientific networks have offered collaboration, and much of the academic community has welcomed the new process. The landscape is therefore very favourable for IPBES, which now needs to demonstrate its ability to achieve quick results," writes Pierre Commenville of IUCN in the journal Environmental Policy and Law.
He continues: "Although the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) has demonstrated its willingness to work closely with stakeholders, the challenges remain considerable. These challenges include those that arise when engaging civil society organisations that have not traditionally focused on biodiversity but span sectors that rely on ecosystem services or engage in critical activities, such as investment, production, regulation and enforcement."
"The challenges regarding the engagement of stakeholders will come before the next session of the plenary (IPBES-2), 9–14 December, in Antalya, Turkey. This will be a baptism of fire for the IPBES Bureau and the MEP, which will have to maintain consensus among governments while meaningfully including the stakeholders, so critical for the implementation of the programme, in the heart of the discussions," concludes Mr Commenville.
The full article "Preparing to Give Green Light" published in the journal Environmental Policy and Law, Vol. 43, Nr. 4–5, October 2013, pages 206-207, can be accessed on the journal's website.
For more information, please contact Pierre Commenville.
The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established in 2012 as an independent intergovernmental body open to all member countries of the United Nations. The members are committed to building 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.
- List of Member nations (currently 114);
- Leadership (including Spencer Thomas, IUCN Regional Councillor for North America and the Caribbean);
- Experts (including Tamar Pataridze, IUCN Regional Councillor for Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia and a number of members of IUCN Commissions).