On 11 and 12 July Cyriaque Sendashonga, IUCN Global Director of the Policy and Programme Group, and Pierre Commenville, IUCN IPBES Policy Officer, visited the office of the Environmental Law Centre to meet with IUCN partners and members in Germany, the host country of IPBES. In April 2012, the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established by more than 90 governments in Panama. The Secretariat of IPBES will be located in Bonn.
As a follow-up to the establishment of IPBES and to prepare for the first plenary of IPBES in early 2013, Dr. Sendashonga and Mr. Commenville visited Bonn to establish initial contact with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and to consult with IUCN partners and members on advancing the implementation of the IPBES .
At the meeting with BMU, IUCN colleagues presented the concepts developed for an early cooperation between IUCN and IPBES. More concrete ideas and discussions are expected to be organized again in the coming months.
A briefing session with 5 IUCN partner and member organizations on IPBES was organized on 12 July. OroVerde, the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, WWF Germany and the International Council for Environmental law were present at the meeting. IUCN Secretariat was recognized for its efforts in supporting the establishment of the IPBES and was encouraged to develop further its commitment in disseminating IPBES results. The participants are interested in the development of the conceptual framework and would welcome the organization of an expert workshop on this topic at the European level by IUCN.
The IUCN secretariat will continue a wider engagement with partners and members on IPBES related issues through information sharing, consultation events and the World Conservation Congress.