IPBES Review

The Council is currently managing a review of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The Review will report to the 7th Plenary of IPBES to be held 29 April – 4 May 2019 in Paris, France.

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The External Review of IPBES was commissioned during the 6th Plenary of IPBES held in Medellin, Colombia, from 17-24 March 2018, in order to examine the progress of IPBES since its launch in 2012.

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established to “strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development”.

An international review panel was selected by the IPBES Bureau in June 2018, and a full list of members is provided below. The International Council for Science (now the International Science Council) was selected to coordinate the review following an open call for Expressions of Interests. The team coordinating the Review is led by Anne-Sophie Stevance, with support from external consultants Zenda Ofir and Melody Metz, and Nora Papp and Lizzie Sayer in the Council Secretariat.

The External Review will evaluate the effectiveness of IPBES as a science-policy interface around the four functions of the Platform:

  • scientific assessments reviewing the state of knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services;
  • policy support;
  • building capacity and catalyzing new knowledge, and
  • communications and outreach.

The review will be used as the basis for the development of the next work programme for IPBES, and will include lessons learned from the implementation of the first IPBES work programme (2014 – 2018). It will provide recommendations that can enable IPBES to strengthen implementation of its four functions and, ultimately, improve its effectiveness as a science-policy interface.

Members of the External Review Panel
Name
Affiliation

Mr. Sélim Louafi

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biological Systems, CIRAD, Montpellier, France

Mr. Sélim Louafi

Affiliation

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biological Systems, CIRAD, Montpellier, France

Mr. Ryo Kohsaka

Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Mr. Ryo Kohsaka

Affiliation

Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Mr. Peter Bridgewater (co-chair)

Adjunct Professor, Institute of Applied Ecology and Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia

Mr. Peter Bridgewater (co-chair)

Affiliation

Adjunct Professor, Institute of Applied Ecology and Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia

Ms. Marina Rosales Benites (co-chair)

Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal, Lima, Peru

Ms. Marina Rosales Benites (co-chair)

Affiliation

Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal, Lima, Peru

Mr. Karen Jenderedijan

Consultant, Yerevan, Armenia

Mr. Karen Jenderedijan

Affiliation

Consultant, Yerevan, Armenia

Ms. Kalpana Lalitkumar Chaudhari

Vice President, Institute for Sustainable Development and Research (ISDR), Mumbai, India

Ms. Kalpana Lalitkumar Chaudhari

Affiliation

Vice President, Institute for Sustainable Development and Research (ISDR), Mumbai, India

Mr. Kalemani Joseph Mulongoy

Co-founder and President, Institute for Enhanced Livelihoods Inc, Montreal, Canada

Mr. Kalemani Joseph Mulongoy

Affiliation

Co-founder and President, Institute for Enhanced Livelihoods Inc, Montreal, Canada

Mr. Douglas Beard

Acting Associate Director, Climate and Land Use Mission Area, United States Geological Survey, Reston, VA, United States of America

Mr. Douglas Beard

Affiliation

Acting Associate Director, Climate and Land Use Mission Area, United States Geological Survey, Reston, VA, United States of America

Mr. Albert S. van Jaarsveld

Vice-Chancelor, University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Mr. Albert S. van Jaarsveld

Affiliation

Vice-Chancelor, University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Mr. Nicholas King

Independent consultant, Cape Town, South Africa

Mr. Nicholas King

Affiliation

Independent consultant, Cape Town, South Africa

Affiliation
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