6th Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
Often described as 'the IPCC for biodiversity,' IPBES is the global science-policy platform tasked with providing the best-available evidence to inform better decisions affecting nature. UNESCO is an institutional co-sponsor of IPBES, together with UNEP, FAO and UNDP. As the specialized agency of the UN system in charge of science, UNESCO’s participation in IPBES enhances the scientific credibility of the process. A key operating principle embeds the recognition of and respect for indigenous and local knowledge in all aspects of IPBES, and UNESCO hosts the Technical Support Unit for the IPBES Task Force on Indigenous and Local Knowledge Systems.
During the 6th Plenary, major new assessments of the state of biodiversity, ecosystems and nature's contributions to people will be presented to representatives of IPBES Member States for approval.
Prepared by more than 550 leading experts from more than 100 countries working with the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the assessments cover four world regions: the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Africa, and Europe and Central Asia - i.e. the entire planet except Antarctica and the open oceans.
A fifth report assesses the state of land degradation and restoration at both regional and global levels. It will identify threats to land-based ecosystems, offering evidence from around the world and a range of best-available solutions to reduce the environmental, social and economic risks and impacts of land degradation.
The following events will be webcast live during the Plenary:
- IBPES Stakeholder Day
Saturday, 17 March 2018 from 13:30-21:00 GMT
- Launch of Regional Assessment Reports on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Friday, 23 March 2018, at 13:00-14:30 GMT
- Launch of the Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment Report
Monday, March 26 2018 at 13:30 GMT