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What is the role of DIVERSITAS in IPBES?

DIVERSITAS is involved in the establishment and work of IPBES through two types of contribution:

  • Contribution to the formal process: DIVERSITAS coordinates the ICSU delegation
  • In the margins of the formal process, DIVERSITAS organises activities to inform the scientific community on IPBES  and to provide platforms for debates on IPBES.


Contribution to the formal process

Towards IPBES-3 (January 2014-)

DIVERSITAS was mandated by ICSU to organise expert nominations in response to the call from the Chair of IPBES, Professor Zakri, calling for nominations of experts to contribute to the implementation of the Platform's work programme, and more especially to the following deliverables:

  • Task force on capacity building (deliverables 1a and 1b);
  • Task force on indigenous and local knowledge systems (deliverable 1c);
  • Task force on knowledge and data for implementation (deliverables 1d and 4b);
  • Expert group to develop of a guide to the production and integration of assessments from and across all levels (deliverable 2a);
  • Assessment on pollination and pollinators associated with food production (deliverable 3a);
  • Methodological assessment on scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity & ecosystem services (deliverable 3c);
  • Scoping of a methodological assessment on the conceptualisation of values of biodiversity and nature’s benefits to people and development of a preliminary guide on the subject (deliverable 3d);
  • Expert group to support the IPBES MEP and Bureau in developing a catalogue of policy support tools and methodologies, and providing guidance on how the further development of such tools and methodologies could be promoted and catalysed (deliverable 4c).


Second Plenary of IPBES (9-14 December 2013, Antalya, Turkey)

The ICSU Delegation, which represented DIVERSITAS, and its other programmes and members included A-H Prieur-Richard (Head, Executive Director DIVERSITAS), B Cardinale (SC-Future Earth), W Cramer (SC-ecoSERVICES), A Larigauderie (ICSU), H Mooney (former Chair SC-DIVERSITAS), E Brondizio (SC-Future Earth), U. Pascual (SC-ecoSERVICES).

DIVERSITAS, for ICSU, co-chaired with IUCN, the Stakeholder Days on 7-8 December. This stakeholder consultation was very well attended with participants from various organisations such as indigenous people and local communities, delegates from IPBES Members, scientific organisations, conservation NGOs. The discussions focused on the development of potential concreate actions to implement the draft Stakeholder Engagement Strategy. In addition, participants agreed on recommendations for a joint statement on the main items to be discuss at IPBES-2. This statement was delivered in Plenary by Cyrie Sendashonga, on behalf of the Stakeholders Day participants, on Monday 9th December. Summary of discussions is available here: Day1 and Day 2.

ICSU also co-organised a side event on the Stakeholder Engagement Strategy and the outcomes of the Stakeholders Days on 9th December 2013 (See flyer).

DIVERSITAS/ICSU delivered a number of plenary statements on key aspects of IPBES at IPBES-2:

An important outcome of the meeting was the announcement of the nomination of Anne Larigauderie on 13th December, former DIVERSITAS Executive Director, as the IPBES Executive Secretary.


Towards IPBES-2 (February-December 2013)

IPBES-1 agreed on an intersessional process towards the second session of the IPBES plenary (IPBES-2). DIVERSITAS has and will contribute to this intersessional process by:

1) Submitting comments on (February)

  • the draft Conceptual Framework (comments 1 and comments 2)
  • the proposed scoping process for assessments and other IPBES deliverables (comments)

2) Submitting names of experts for 2 intersessional workshops (April)

  • "working with different knowledge systems (ICSU nominations)"
  • "finalising the conceptual framework"

3) Submitting requests (Governments), input and suggestions (Observers) on scientific and technical matters that require IPBES attention (May)

4) Co-leading activities toward a draft stakeholder engagement strategy for IPBES, together with IUCN (February-December). The engagement of stakeholders in IPBES is a founding principle of the platform and a great variety of stakeholders will need to engage in the works of the platform in order for IPBES to deliver policy-relevant information. It thus became clear that a strategy was necessary in order to ensure effective contribution from and real uptake of IPBES products by its diverse stakeholders. IPBES-1 invited IUCN and ICSU "to work with relevant stakeholders, including indigenous peoples and local communities and the private sector, and with the secretariat, to prepare in consultation with the Bureau and the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel a draft stakeholder engagement strategy for supporting the implementation of the work programme" under Decision IPBES/1/2 H.25 of Annex III (IPBES/1/12). The steps toward the delivery of the draft strategy are:

  • A large consultation with an online survey (15 March to 17 April 2013); analysis of the consultation
  • A small expert drafting workshop (29-30 April 2013, ICSU, Paris); workshop agenda
  • A consultation of invited workshop participants not able to attend the drafting workshop (May 2013)
  • The submission of the draft to IPBES Bureau and MEP and revision by experts from the drafting workshop (June 2013)
  • The production by the Bureau and the MEP of a stakeholder engagement strategy, based on the draft submitted by ICSU and IUCN
  • An online consultation organised by the IPBES Interim Secretariat (Starting on 16 June 2013)
  • The inclusion of comments by the IPBES Secretariat with help from IUCN and ICSU (August 2013)
  • The production of a final version by the Bureau and MEP (September 2013)
  • The submission of this version to IPBES-2 for consideration (December 2013)

5) Open review of IPBES documents (June-July 2013): IPBES Members and stakeholders are invited to provide comments by 28 July 2013 on the following document (available here)

First Plenary of IPBES (21-26 January 2013, Bonn, Germany)

The ICSU Delegation, which represented DIVERSITAS, and its other programmes and members included A. Larigauderie (Head, Executive Director DIVERSITAS), G. Mace (Chair SC-DIVERSITAS), H.  Mooney (former Chair SC-DIVERSITAS), M. Lonsdale (Treasurer SC-DIVERSITAS), E. Brondizio (SC-IGBP), U. Pascual (agroBIODIVERSITY) and A.-H. Prieur-Richard (DIVERSITAS secretariat).

Read our first impressions of this meeting.

DIVERSITAS contributed to the intersessional process to prepare for IPBES-1 by:

1) Providing comments on some of the key papers prepared for IPBES-1

2) Contributing funding and expertise to the informal expert workshop convened by UNESCO, 27-29 October 2012, to produce a draft Conceptual Framework for IPBES. This workshop was co-chaired by Georgina Mace and Eduardo Brondizio; Anne Larigauderie and Anantha Duraiappah served as co-chairs of the drafting group that produced the draft Conceptual Framework presented at IPBES-1 as IPBES/1/INF/9. This draft Conceptual framework was presented at a side event held on 22 January, during IPBES-1.


Second session of IPBES Plenary (16-21 April 2012, Panama City, Republic of Panama)

See outcome of this second plenary and quotes from A Larigauderie in Nature, 23 April 2012.

A Larigauderie was Head of Delegation at this second session; H Mooney, former Chair SC-DIVERSITAS, Mark Lonsdale, Treasurer SC-DIVERSITAS and P Leadley, Chair SC-bioDISCOVERY were also Members. See composition of ICSU delegation. Opening statement made by ICSU.

To prepare for this second plenary, ICSU, DIVERSITAS and USGS organised a scientific workshop (Annapolis, USA, 31 Jan-2 Feb 2012) to further define the knowledge generation function of IPBES. Conclusions of this workshop are presented in Document UNEP/IPBES.MI/2/INF/11 available to delegates in Panama.

IHDP, UNU and the governments of Japan and South Africa, in collaboration with DIVERSITAS also held a survey of natural and social scientists interested in IPBES around the world. The survey was answered by 2,235 people from 136 countries. They then convened a scientific workshop (Tokyo, Japan, 27-29 Feb 2012) to analyse the results of this survey and further define the assessment function of IPBES. Conclusions of this workshop are presented in Document UNEP/IPBES.MI/2/INF/10 available to delegates in Panama.

The governments of Japan and South Africa, together with UNU, IHDP and DIVERSITAS held a side event at the IPBES second Plenary session, on Tuesday 17 April, 13:00-15:00 (Panama) to present the conclusions of the two scientific workshops presented above, as well as results of the global survey.


Stakeholder Day (15 April 2012, Panama City, Republic of Panama)

IUCN and ICSU co-chaired the second IPBES Stakeholder Day, organised by UNEP, in collaboration with UNESCO, UNDP and FAO, in order to further discuss how members of civil society and scientific community will get engaged in IPBES.

  • Agenda of stakeholder day
  • Opening and closing statements made by IUCN on behalf of the scientific community and civil society
  • Stakeholder day report.


First session of a Plenary of IPBES (3-7 October 2011, Nairobi, Kenya)

A. Larigauderie, in her capacity as ICSU representative to IPBES, led the ICSU delegation to the first session of a plenary of IPBES (3-7 October 2011). SC-DIVERSITAS members Wolfgang Cramer, and Harold A Mooney (Chair) were part of this delegation. Membership of delegation; Opening statement made by ICSU.

ICSU (DIVERSITAS, IHDP) facilitated together with IUCN a meeting of interested non-governmental IPBES stakeholders, on 2 October 2011. See plenary statement.

ICSU (DIVERSITAS, IHDP), together with the governments of Japan and South Africa organised a successful side event on the Assessment and knowledge generation functions of IPBES, on Tuesday 4 October, 13:00-15:00. Programme of side event; Brochures on Generation of knowledge and Assessments.

Other ICSU statements during this meeting: Functions and operating principles, Governance.

DIVERSITAS and IHDP, under ICSU (the International Council for Science), represent the international scientific community on the Plenary Planning Group (PPG) established by UNEP to provide advice for the organisation of the first IPBES plenary.

Anne Larigauderie, Executive Director of DIVERSITAS, was appointed by ICSU, as the ICSU representative in the IPBES process.

DIVERSITAS had a delegation at the three intergovernmental and multistakeholder consultations on IPBES (Malaysia 2008, Kenya 2009, Republic of Korea 2010; see DIVERSITAS opening statement).

The position of DIVERSITAS during these consultations has been the following:

The scientific community believes that IPBES can play an important role in making science more relevant, and policy making better informed by science, and sees the establishment of an IPBES as a priority.


Stakeholder Day (Nairobi, Kenya, 2 October 2011)

IUCN and ICSU co-chaired the IPBES Stakeholder Day, organised by UNEP, in collaboration with UNESCO, UNDP and FAO, on 2 October, in order to discuss how members of civil society and scientific community could get engaged in IPBES.

Additional contributions

In the margins of the formal negotiations hosted by UNEP, the role of DIVERSITAS has been:

  • to inform the scientific community on progress with the IPBES consultation,
  • to provide platforms for debates on IPBES, and
  • to feed ideas into the formal IPBES consultation process.


Activities led on behalf of ICSU:

March 2012: Special lunch event on IPBES at the Planet under Pressure Conference: "Strengthening the use of science for policy: IPCC's lessons for IPBES"; organised by A Larigauderie, A Duraiappah, N Ash, S Arico, and M Hulmes; a UNEP/UNESCO/IHDP/DIVERSITAS/ICSU event.

February 2012: ICSU, DIVERSITAS and USGS organised a scientific workshop (Annapolis, USA, 31 Jan-2 Feb 2012) to further define the knowledge generation function of IPBES. Conclusions of this workshop are presented in Document UNEP/IPBES.MI/2/INF/11 available to delegates in Panama.

June 2011: The International Council for Science, ICSU (DIVERSITAS and IHDP) convened (10 June 2011, Paris) an informal meeting of experts representing key scientific organisations interested in IPBES in order to prepare the contribution of the scientific community to the first session of the IPBES plenary meeting.  The meeting was hosted and facilitated by UNESCO.

The specific goals of this meeting were: i) to help further define possible elements for the generation of knowledge function of IPBES, and ii) to suggest how the scientific community, via its scientific organisations, might engage with IPBES in relation to this generation of knowledge function. The meeting produced a set of recommendations (available here) which has been included as one of the information documents for the IPBES October meeting (3-7 October, Nairobi, Kenya): UNEP/IPBES.MI/1/INF/11


Examples of other activities led by DIVERSITAS:

November 2011: Public Forum on IPBES, organised by the US National Committee for DIVERSITAS of the National Academy of Sciences.

March 2011: Perrings, Duraiappah, Larigauderie and Mooney: The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Science-Policy Interface, Science 4 March 2011: 1139-1140;

October 2010: Side event on IPBES at CBD-COP10, Nagoya (IUCN- DIVERSITAS-ICSU-IHDP-UNEP);

May 2010: Side event on IPBES at CBD-SBSTTA14, Nairobi, (DIVERSITAS-IUCN-ICSU-IHDP-UNEP);

May 2010: Larigauderie and Mooney: IPBES: moving a step closer to an IPCC-like mechanism for biodiversity. 2010, COSUST, 2: 9-14;

April 2010: US consultation on IPBES (USNC DIVERSITAS, UNEP regional office North America, Washington DC);

February 2010: CBD-PreCOP10 (Nagoya, Japan); successful plenary science-policy dialog on IPBES with Japanese Vice-Minister of Environment; 300 participants (DIVERSITAS/Government of Japan/Secretariat CBD);

September 2009: Editorial by Mooney and Mace: Biodiversity policy challenges, Science 18 Sept 2009;

October 2009: Science-Policy panel on IPBES at DIVERSITAS Open Science Conference 2 and Cap Town statement supporting IPBES.

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