Making the best use of the IUCN Red List with the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Since 2008 there have been repeated calls for a commitment of resources to ensure that the emerging Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) makes good use of existing initiatives. Now formally established, the platform will shortly discuss its conceptual framework and adopt its first programme of work that might include thematic assessments such as on restoration of degraded lands, pollination services, and sub-global assessments of ecosystem services.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is positioned to be a major contribution to the implementation of this work programme. It is indeed vital for IPBES to use the best possible information on status and trends of species to inform the link between biodiversity and ecosystem services.

In return, the Red List could benefit for a stronger science-policy framework, provided by IPBES.

The event will foster networking between users and authors of Red List and help identifying potential activities of IPBES, and shape its first products.

Come and meet committed experts to share their views on the most useful and policy-relevant requests to convey to IPBES.

Welcoming words will be provided by Simon Stuart, Chair, Species Survival Commission. Background information and personal thoughts on IPBES will be given by Thomas Brooks, Chief Scientist, NatureServe.

Refreshments and light snacks will be provided for to this session. The last chance to take the best from pavilion events at the closure of the Forum of the World Conservation Congress!

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