IUCN suggestions for weaving the first IPBES work plan

The second plenary meeting of IPBES is fast-approaching with an important task of putting in place the Platform’s work programme 2014-2018. IUCN recommends prioritizing activities according to their potential for policy impact and starting small but inclusive.

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Next week in Turkey, the matter of resources in this regard - both financial and in-kind - will be central influencing the choices to be made by 110+ IPBES member governments.

IUCN encourages the adoption of an IPBES work programme for 2014-2018 without delays and calls on governments and other potential contributors to provide the necessary resources for implementing this programme.

IUCN notes that the work priorities and budget allocation of the Platform should equally consider its four functions - policy support, assessments, capacity building and knowledge generation – aimed at strengthening the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.

IUCN also recommends building on full stakeholder engagement as an effective lever to implement the Platform’s work. The Platform should give an appropriate opportunity for the vast community of relevant organisations and networks to contribute and support the process, including the early stage of determining timelines and outreach activities. Policy relevance, avoidance of duplication with exiting initiatives and fulfilment of capacity needs to strengthen science-policy interfaces should be key for any choice to be made in the list of 5-year deliverables that will be considered by the Platform.

IUCN reiterates its strong commitment to contribute to the Platform’s work programme 2014-2018 and continues pledging in-kind contribution. The multiple assets of the Union vested in its institutional structure as well as in its knowledge holdings make it a well suited strategic partner of the Platform.

Read here the full IUCN Position Paper for IPBES-2 meeting, scheduled for 9-14 December 2013.

The draft IPBES Work Programme 2014-2018 and other meeting documents - prepared with an input from IUCN - can be accessed on the IPBES official website.


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. 


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