The commitment to value and preserve our natural heritage involves a mix of knowledge generation, support and influence of the policy-making process, capacity building and an exchange of the best practices. In IUCN, we have been using assessments and monitoring as major conservation tools. The establishment of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), in April 2012 is offering unique opportunity to improve our practices.
How can the IUCN´s work contribute to and support the functions of this overarching platform? How could it be used as a major opportunity to deliver conservation on the ground more efficiently?
This session will be a unique opportunity to get the latest information on the platform and to learn about its plans in the near future from the actors who stand at the core of this process. This session will also address the strategic question of the contribution of IUCN to the platform. While the General Assembly will discuss on strengthening the support IUCN brings to IPBES, this session intends to present the offer of partnership that IUCN has already formulated towards IPBES. Much of the work of IUCN is relevant for IPBES and it is a chance to leverage this work. You will discover how.
IUCN always defended a vision of an IPBES open widely on the expectations of civil society. Until now, only a small number of interested stakeholders have followed the discussions and engaged to support IPBES by contributing to it or by pledging to use its products. This session aims to start the process of a broader engagement of civil society in the implementation of IPBES activities. You will have a chance to hear the views of relevant actors who expressed their interest and may express their commitment to IPBES.
Ms Julia MARTON LEFEVRE, IUCN Director General will open the session. The keynote speaker is Mr Ibrahim THIAW, Director of Division of Environmental Policy Implementation at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), who will give you an insight on the state of the art of IPBES. A presentation by Simon STUART, Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission and Jane SMART, Global Director Biodiversity Conservation Group, IUCN Secretariat will be followed by a panel discussion of various stakeholders.
The full agenda of the session is available on the documents section of this page.