Bringing together biodiversity stakeholders from Europe and Central Asia in support of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
"The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) aims at strengthening capacity for the effective use of science in decision-making at all levels" (www.ipbes.net). IPBES was established as a global science-policy interface in 2012 and it has the tasks to "synthesize, review, assess and critically evaluate relevant information and knowledge generated worldwide by governments, academia, scientific organizations, non-governmental organizations and indigenous communities" (ibd.). Its first two assessments, the thematic assessment on pollinators, pollination and food security and the methodological assessment on scenarios and models of biodiversity and ecosystem services, were approved in 2016 during IPBES 4th plenary session, as well as their summaries for policymakers. IPBES expert groups are still working on the four regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services and the assessment on land degradation and restoration, due 2018, and on the global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services due 2019.
To implement the IPBES work programme and to make it relevant also for the regional, national and/or local level, on which many biodiversity-related problems need to be tackled, the global IPBES mechanism needs national and regional structures to build upon. Such structures can spread information about IPBES, enrich IPBES negotiations by feeding in diverse opinions, support the identification of experts relevant to the IPBES assessments, disseminate IPBES products, and help to meet urgent capacity-building and data needs.
The Pan-European IPBES Stakeholder Consultation was put in place for the first time in 2013. It was organised by NeFo, the network-forum for biodiversity research in Germany, supported by several other European platforms for biodiversity. They have been organising PESCs together on a regular basis, this year 2017 being the 4thedition of PESC. The meeting aims to bring together a wide range of IPBES stakeholders coming from the region of the IPBES regional assessment for Europe and Central Asia. It provides a forum for discussing engagement in IPBES, therefore supporting the work of the Platform to mobilize stakeholders and provide inputs to the current programme of work of IPBES, such as the second draft of the regional assessment for Europe and Central Asia. This also allows to share experience across countries and stakeholders about engaging efficiently with IPBES (through the national biodiversity platforms for example). PESC builds capacity through presentations from the IPBES Secretariat and experts involved in the work of the Platform, and also through learning by doing when working in groups for example.
Objectives of the PESC-4 meeting
1. Promote stakeholders’ engagement in IPBES work
- by building capacities to provide inputs to IPBES deliverables (e.g. discussions between IPBES authors and stakeholders enabling learning from each other’s expectations and requirements; presentation of the ways to engage with IPBES)
- by sharing experiences on how to coordinate national biodiversity work to promote it in the context of IPBES (e.g. workshop with French-speaking African countries on governance led by FRB in September 2016 could provide useful perspectives for Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries’ participation to IPBES; network of European platforms engaging in IPBES)
2. Strengthen collaboration on biodiversity research at the pan-European level, including central Asia
- by providing room for discussion, meeting and networking between all stakeholders
- by presenting and fostering research initiatives aiming to fill gaps identified in the scenarios and models and the pollination assessment
- by promoting the engagement of ILK and social science experts in IPBES work
3. Contribute to the preparation of IPBES products and develop capacities on the review process of IPBES reports
- by promoting dialogue on the second order draft (SOD) and the first draft of the summary for policy makers (SPM) of the regional assessment for Europe and Central Asia (ECA) to facilitate the provision of review comments by experts and governments during the external review phase
- by developing capacities related to IPBES assessment process and the process of approval and acceptance at IPBES-6
- by providing guidance to enhance stakeholders’ engagement in IPBES (e.g. based on the survey on stakeholder needs)
Knowledge holders from Pan-Europe (spanning Western and Eastern Europe as well as Central Asia, i.e. parts of the UN-regions WEOG, EEG, Asia-Pacific). These knowledge holders may be affiliated to governmental and administrative bodies of IPBES member states or non-member states, IPBES subsidiary bodies, scientific institutions, non-governmental organisations, other civil-society organisations, or the business-sector, dealing with issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem services. Enhanced efforts will be dedicated to the participation of social science and ILK experts, and of biodiversity practitioners. Focal points of Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries will also be specifically targeted as relevant participants to achieve PESC-4 objectives.
Organisation and Funding
PESC-4 is co-organised by the French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB), the Institute of Ecology and Botany of the Hungarian Centre for Ecological Research (MTA-ÖK) and the Network Forum for Biodiversity Research Germany (NeFo), in collaboration with the IPBES technical support units (TSU) for capacity-building and for the assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services of Europe and Central Asia, the Belgium Biodiversity Platform and the Swiss Biodiversity Forum.
This meeting could not take place without the generous support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Hungarian Centre for Ecological Research (MTA-ÖK), the Science and Policy Platform of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and Governments who contribute to the IPBES trust fund.
PresentationsDay 1: Monday 12 JuneWelcome and Hungary in IPBES (András Báldi, MTA-ÖK)
Introduction to IPBES (Felice van der Plaat, IPBES Secretariat)Day 2: Tuesday 13 June
Integrating indigenous and local knowledge in biodiversity assessments: challenges and opportunities (Axel Paulsch, Institute for Biodiversity ibn, and Katja Heubach, GIZ)
IPBES and stakeholder engagement (Rob Spaull, IPBES and Laurence Perianin, IUCN, Gland)Day 3: Wednesday 14 June
Facilitating the uptake of IPBES pollination assessment: BES-net trialogue in Eastern Europe (Solene LeDoze, UNDP/BES-Net)
Facilitating the uptake of IPBES pollination assessment: the Coalition of the Willing for Pollinators (Astrid Hilgers, Dutch Ministry for Economic Affairs)
How can a country engage fully in the IPBES process: insights from science and policy stakeholders in Hungary (Ildikó Mándics, Ministry of Agriculture, Hungary & Katalin Török, MTA-ÖK)
The Nordic assessment of coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: a subregional study inspired by the broader IPBES context (Cecilia Lindblad, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency)
EKLIPSE: first results of a European IPBES-like initiative (Zoi Konstantinou, University of Porto)
The ECA-network: an opportunity to engage with IPBES at the regional level (Angélique Berhault, Belgian Biodiversity Platform)
Closing (Kristina Raab, NeFo; Agnès Hallosserie, FRB; Katalin Török, MTA-ÖK)