Business and Biodiversity

Models for delivering technical advice

Independent Scientific and Technical Advisory Panels (ISTAPs) are a valuable tool, particularly when addressing controversial conservation and development issues. IUCN has developed the ISTAP model to provide stakeholders with objective, credible and robust technical advice.

ISTAPSProcedures for establishing and managing IUCN-supported Independent Scientific & Technical Advisory Panels

The procedures are intended to ensure that Independent Scientific & Technical Advisory Panels (ISTAPS) deliver credible and robust advice to third parties in a manner that safeguards and enhances IUCN’s reputation with all major stakeholder groups. IUCN must be able to demonstrate that the Panels are independent, transparent, accountable and scientifically rigorous, and that they engage openly with all relevant stakeholders. These procedures are mandatory and must be applied in full to any group of experts convened by IUCN to provide independent scientific and technical advice to a third party. Click here to download.

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