IPBES-4 Kuala Lumpur 2016

The IPBES review proposal – how not to evaluate a science-policy interface


by Carsten Neßhöver, NeFo & UFZ Science-Policy Expert Group

As a new institution, IPBES should be checked carefully on its performance in terms of effectiveness, its relevance, credibility and legitimacy. For this, the plenary has decided to conduct a review early in its process. The proposal now discussed at IPBES-4 would not allow for proper evaluation as it misses several baselines regarding independence, transparency and resources. And it seems to ignore the scientific expertise that can help analysing Science Policy Interfaces (SPIs).

IPBES work programme is moving forward – focus on capacity building, outreach and stakeholder engagement needed

[Thematic background]


Malte Timpte – NeFo, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science

IPBES is a novel process with the ambitious objective to engage diverse knowledge holders to provide a comprehensive overview about available biodiversity and ecosystem related knowledge and data. The first reports will be presented at IPBES-4, further reports are in the making. IPBES now has to invest more in capacity building, outreach and engagement activities to meet its goals.