Major Research Project

Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Project Leader(s): Prof. Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, Dr. Laura Pereira

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body which assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers. Established in 2012, IPBES is placed under the auspices of four United Nations entities: UNEP, UNESCO, FAO and UNDP and administered by UNEP. As part of their governmental mandate to provide scientific information in response to requests from policy makers, IPBES is to perform regular and timely assessments of knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services and their interlinkages at regional and subregional levels.  Under this deliverable the Platform will prepare a set of regional and subregional assessments, the overall aim of which is to assess the status and trends of biodiversity and ecosystem services, the impact of biodiversity and ecosystem services on human well-being and the effectiveness of responses, including the Strategic Plan and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the national biodiversity strategies and action plans. The assessments are also to identify the need for capacity, knowledge and policy support tools.

The CST has two members who were nominated and selected to take part in the African regional assessment, which will be finalized in 2018. Oonsie Biggs is the coordinating lead author for Chapter 5: Current and future interactions between nature and society and Laura Pereira is a lead author for Chapter 6: Options for governance, institutional arrangements and private and public decision‑making across scales and sectors.

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