4th session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
IPBES was established in April 2012, as an independent intergovernmental body open to all member countries of the United Nations. The members are committed to building IPBES as the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society.
IPBES provides a mechanism recognized by both the scientific and policy communities to synthesize, review, assess and critically evaluate relevant information and knowledge generated worldwide by governments, academia, scientific organizations, non-governmental organizations and indigenous communities. This involves a credible group of experts in conducting assessments of such information and knowledge in a transparent way. IPBES is unique in that it also aims to strengthen capacity for the effective use of science in decision-making at all levels. IPBES also addresses the needs of Multilateral Environmental Agreements that are related to biodiversity and ecosystem services, and builds on existing processes ensuring synergy and complementarities in each other's work.
The first IPBES session was held in Bonn, Germany from 21 to 26 January 2013; the second one in Antalya, Turkey, from 9 to 13 December 2013; the third in Bonn, Germany from 12 to 17 January 2015.