The Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has been created in 2012 to improve the effective use of biodiversity- and ecosystem services-related knowledge in political decision making processes. To optimize the match between the needs of policy makers and practitioners and the deliverables provided by IPBES, a “Policy support function” has been explicitly built into its architecture.
To reflect on the purpose and potential future deliverables of this “Policy support function”, fifteen experts gathered recently during an international workshop organized by the German Network-Forum for Biodiversity Research (NeFo, 16th-17th January 2018). The workshop tackled three major questions:
- How may IPBES be best able to meet the needs of policy makers and practitioners?
- What has been achieved by the IPBES policy support function so far?
- What could be improved or further developed to render the policy support function by IPBES more effective?
The participants of the workshop discussed these questions in the light of current state of the online catalogue and the ongoing development of the next work program of IPBES. Based on these workshop results, the participants have formulated recommendations for a better integration of the policy support function with the three remaining functions of IPBES. These recommendations have been presented to the public at the 6th National IPBES Forum Germany in February 2018 in Bonn (see poster). Furthermore, they are subsequently fed into the further discussions about the future directions and working modes of IPBES in light of the development of its next work program.