Upcoming call for experts from IPBES

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24 Apr 2017 - 16:15
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We would like to make you aware of the upcoming call for experts from IPBES. Expert reviewers are sought for the Second Order Draft reviews of the IPBES thematic assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration, and the four regional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services: AfricaAmericasAsia Pacific; and, Europe and Central Asia.

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES) is a science-policy interface established to provide a robust evidence base, together with the necessary tools and local capacity, to help decision makers around the world identify solutions to pressures on global ecosystems and loss of biodiversity; thereby securing long term human wellbeing and sustainable development.

This requires a multi-disciplinary approach and, as such, experts are needed from a number of disciplines: natural science, social science, economics, data and modelling and traditional knowledge. The importance of thorough review by leading global experts, which many of your members are, is invaluable to ensuring that the work of IPBES is credible, relevant and legitimate.The calls are open to citizens globally.

Consultation on Second Order Draft (SODs) and Summary for Policy Makers

The SODs and Summaries for Policy Makers of the Regional Assessments of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia and the Thematic Assessment of Land Degradation and Restoration will be released for consultation from 1 May 2017 - 26 June 2017. 

The Americas Assessment consultation period will be 29 May - 24 July. For more information see the notification from the IPBES Secretariat here.

Second Order Draft Consultations are fundamental to ensuring the scientific credibility and accuracy of the IPBES process and outputs and we would encourage you to review these releases. To help experts plan their contribution to this consultation, please see the outline structures of the Regional Assessments and the Land Degradation Assessment in the documents attached. We encourage experts to contribute to the reviews by sending their responses directly to the Secretariat. If experts believe their comments would be useful for developing the UK’s official response please also send comments to the UK IPBES stakeholder hub at JNCC as they will be working directly with Defra on the response.

Please note that accessing the draft documents from IPBES has previously required reviewers to apply to access the documents. To prevent delays in accessing the documents, we would encourage reviewers to create an account on the IPBES website before the consultation period begins.

First Order Draft Consultation on Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem ServicesThe Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services FOD consultation is due to commence in June for 8 weeks and experts will be sought to review and provide comment on the assessment. The assessment assesses status and trends with regard to 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. It is anticipated that this deliverable will contribute to the process for the evaluation and renewal of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

We would appreciate you relaying this information in your communications to your members. If your members have any queries regarding the call and/or would like to be included in the UK IPBES stakeholder list to ensure they receive updates regarding IPBES, the UK IPBES Stakeholder Hub can be contacted at IPBES@jncc.gov.uk For further details, you can visit our website (UK IPBES stakeholder engagement page – http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-5871)