This workshop will help develop an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and bridge the gap between scientific dialogue and international policy.
From 25 to 27 July 2011, the Ministry of Environment of Japan will hold an Informal Pre-Plenary Scientific International Workshop on Assessment and the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), co-organized with the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP).
Once developed, IPBES will provide an interface between the scientific community and policy makers that aims to build capacity for and strengthen the use of science in policy making.
Although there are many organizations and initiatives that contribute to the science policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services, there is no ongoing global mechanism recognized by both the scientific and policy communities that synthesizes and analyzes information for decision making in global environmental fora and development policy dialogues. IPBES will be the mechanism that addresses the gaps in the science policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
In response to the Busan Outcome, the resolution adopted at the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly and to the decision adopted on IPBES at the 26th session of the UNEP Governing Council meeting, UNEP is cooperating with UNESCO, FAO, UNDP and other organisations at a plenary meeting to fully operationalize IPBES.
At this Informal Pre-Plenary workshop, it is expected that academics and experts from Japan and abroad will consider the draft of scientific assessment on IPBES. The outcomes of this workshop will be proposed to the plenary meetings to be held in October 2011 and February 2012.
The workshop will be held at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo. For further information, see the event page on the UNU-ISP website.