Can IPBES move from a science platform to a diverse knowledge platform?
Forest Peoples Programme, 18 February 2013

LONDON, UK: This article provides a comment on the first meeting of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), held from 21-26 January 2013, in Bonn, Germany. IPBES, established in Panama City in April 2012, is intended to serve as an independent intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet’s biodiversity, its ecosystems and the services they provide to society. The Bonn meeting was attended by a small delegation of indigenous peoples and local communities, who drew attention to the value and importance of indigenous and local knowledge and the need for a true partnership between diverse knowledge holders and the IPBES. Furthermore, indigenous peoples and other stakeholders must be enabled to fully and effectively participate in the process.

The meeting addressed a series of organizational, procedural and budgetary issues, including the election of its Chair, Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel. On the IPBES rules of procedure, issues related to admission of observers remained pending, and discussions will continue intersessionally and at IPBES-2. Read the article … Read the official report of the meeting … Read the IISD Reporting Services summary and analysis of the meeting …