ILK at the IPBES Plenaries

Bonn, Germany, 7–10 March 2017

At its fifth session, the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) considered, for approval, a proposed approach for addressing indigenous and local knowledge in IPBES deliverables, encompassing the participatory mechanism and the roster, as set out in the note by the secretariat on indigenous and local knowledge systems (IPBES/5/4). Additional information, including an evaluation of the experience gained in piloting indigenous and local knowledge dialogue workshops and information on the approach to addressing indigenous and local knowledge in the global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services was provided in document IPBES/5/INF/4.

The final outcome includes:

  • Approves the approach for recognizing and working with Indigenous and Local Knowledge (ILK) and requests the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP), supported by the Task Force on ILK, to implement it;
  • Invites Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) and their representatives, as well as experts on ILK, to engage in the activities described in the approach, in particular through the participatory mechanism;
  • Invites governments, stakeholders, strategic partners and others to support activities that mobilize ILK where such knowledge is needed but not available in readily available formats, and that increase the capacity of IPLCs to engage in and benefit from the Platform; and
  • Requests the Executive Secretary to make the arrangements necessary to implement the approach, including for the establishment of the participatory mechanism, subject to the availability of resources.

Documents presented at IPBES-5

Deliverable 1(c) working documents

Deliverable 1(c) information documents

Outcomes

IPBES-5 Meeting Report (Advance)

20-28 February, Kuala Lumpur

The Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services will consider a proposal that will contribute to the Platform’s operating principle of recognition and respect for the contribution of indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The proposal includes:

  • Approaches that set out key principles that underpin all aspects of the Platform’s work with indigenous and local knowledge;
  • Procedures that focus on bringing indigenous and local knowledge into the Platform’s assessments. They provide practical actions that enable the approaches to be implemented and that guide the appropriate inclusion of indigenous and local knowledge from indigenous peoples and local communities and from experts in assessment processes and outcomes;
  • A roster and network of indigenous and local knowledge holders from indigenous peoples and local communities and indigenous and local knowledge experts that help identify individuals and organizations that may contribute to bringing such knowledge into the Platform’s work;
  • The participatory mechanism that provides an interface that facilitates the participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in the Platform’s processes and functions.

Documents presented at IPBES-4

Deliverable 1(c) working documents

Deliverable 1(c) information document

12 to 17 January 2015, Bonn

Relevant Decisions at IPBES-3

Welcoming the establishment of a task force on indigenous and local knowledge systems to implement deliverable 1 (c) of the work programme and of the task force on knowledge and data to implement deliverables 1 (d) and 4 (b) of the work programme,

  • Notes the progress made in the development, for consideration by the Plenary at its fourth session, of draft procedures for and approaches to working with indigenous and local knowledge as informed by, inter alia, the pilot global dialogue on indigenous and local knowledge for the assessment of pollination and pollinators associated with food production and the way it might be used in all assessments;
  • Decides to continue to pilot the preliminary guide on indigenous and local knowledge approaches and procedures in the thematic assessments and in the four regional assessments (the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe and Central Asia);
  • Notes the progress made in the establishment of a roster of experts and a participatory mechanism for working with indigenous and local knowledge systems;

Documents presented at IPBES-3

Information document

Update on deliverable 1(c) ILK procedures and approaches IPBES/3/INF/2

Antalya, Turkey, 9–14 December 2013

Relevant Decisions at IPBES-2, Antalya

At IPBES-2, Members adopted a Work Programme for 2014-2018 that would include a set of deliverables related to ensuring the respect and recognition of indigenous and local knowledge systems.

In the Work Programme, the work is outlined thus:

Deliverable 1 (c) Procedures, approaches and participatory processes for working with indigenous and local knowledge systems.

The importance of indigenous and local knowledge to the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems has been acknowledged in the Platform’s Operating Principles, as well as in Article 8 (j) of the Convention on Biological Diversity and Aichi Biodiversity Target 18. The Platform will promote a meaningful and active engagement with indigenous and local knowledge holders in all relevant aspects of its work. Under the lead of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel in consultation with the Bureau, a task force for the period for the work programme 2014–2018 will facilitate a roster and network of experts to support the Platform’s work, a number of global dialogue workshops of indigenous and local knowledge experts, a review of regional case studies to inform the Platform’s procedures for and approaches to working with indigenous and local knowledge, and the delivery of a preliminary and final set of procedures and approaches for working with indigenous and local knowledge systems. The task force will also establish a participatory mechanism for indigenous and local knowledge systems to be established under the Platform, oriented to facilitate the linkages between indigenous and local communities and scientists and to strengthen the quality of indigenous peoples’ participation in the development of the deliverables of the Platform. The activities under this deliverable will be backstopped by the capacity-building activities called for in deliverable 1 (b), such as the suggested fellowship programme. This deliverable will, together with deliverable 1 (d), constitute a coherent approach to working with different knowledge systems across scales. The deliverable responds to requests received.20 It is envisaged that the deliverable will contribute to achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 18, on traditional knowledge;

Documents presented at IPBES-2

Report from the Expert workshop on Indigenous and Local Knowledge Systems to IPBES, June 2013, Tokyo, Japan IPBES/2/INF/1

Initial elements for an approach towards principles and procedures for working with indigenous and local knowledge systems proposed for use by the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services IPBES/2/INF/1/Add.1

Bonn, Germany, 21-26 January 2013

At IPBES-1, the government of Japan announced its support for the organization of an expert and stakeholder workshop on indigenous and local knowledge in IPBES. It was also agreed that UNESCO, further to its lead role in developing the document IPBES/1/INF/5, would co-organize the workshop in partnership with UNU. Convened by the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP), the international expert and stakeholder workshop on the Contribution of Indigenous and Local Knowledge Systems to IPBES: Building Synergies with Science was held from 9-11 June 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.

Recommendations from the workshop were reviewed by the IPBES Bureau and MEP at its meeting in Cape Town, South Africa (27-30 August 2013) and are to be considered by the IPBES Plenary at its second meeting in Antalya, Turkey (9-13 December 2013). The workshop report is available here or as IPBES/2/INF/1.

The current draft work programme that is being prepared for consideration by the second IPBES Plenary proposes under Deliverable 1(c) that a time-bound and task-specific expert group will be established to further develop a guide on ’procedures and approaches for working with indigenous and local knowledge systems’ for approval at IPBES-4 (anticipated in early 2016) so that it can inform the process for developing other ongoing IPBES deliverables, in particular the regional/subregional assessments. The proposed actions will contribute towards fulfilling the recommendations from the Tokyo workshop.

While awaiting the forthcoming deliberations and decisions of the MEP and Plenary on the Tokyo workshop recommendations and on the larger framework for IPBES action with respect to indigenous and local knowledge systems, a document on the 'Initial elements of an IPBES approach' was produced to provide a preliminary guide for the first round of IPBES assessments. It may also serve as a first step towards the guide on procedures and approaches for working with indigenous and local knowledge systems that would address all four IPBES functions. This document is available here or as IPBES/2/INF/1/Add.

 

Document presented at IPBES-1

Consideration of initial elements: recognizing indigenous and local knowledge and building synergies with science (IPBES/1/INF/5) en

In preparation for the first session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-1), UNESCO as part of the interagency IPBES Interim Secretariat was requested to draft an information document that would consider key issues related to indigenous and local knowledge in IPBES. This document was presented at IPBES-1 as Consideration of initial elements: Recognizing indigenous and local knowledge and building synergies with science (IPBES/1/INF/5).