From 27 to 29 February 2012, 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, co-organized with the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP).
This workshop will help develop an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and bridge the gap between scientific dialogue and international policy.
Once developed, IPBES will provide an interface between the scientific community and policymakers, with the aim of building capacity for and strengthening the use of science in policymaking.
Although many organizations and initiatives 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 analyses information for decision-making in global environmental foums and development policy dialogues. IPBES will be the mechanism that addresses the gaps in the science policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
At this 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 second session of the plenary, to be held in April 2012.
The workshop will be conducted in English.
For more information, see the The 2nd Scientific Workshop on IPBES Assessment announcement on the UNU-ISP website.