Highlights and images for 28 April 2019



Highlights for Sunday, 28 April 2019

Family photo at the end of Stakeholder Day

IPBES On IPBES-7 Stakeholder Day, participants exchanged views and experiences about their engagement in IPBES processes, including their own initiatives to support IPBES, and discussed: the process to develop the Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; priorities for the second work programme of IPBES; and ways to enhance stakeholder engagement during the second work programme.Presentations on stakeholders’ activities in support of IPBES included:

  • The French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity’s work to communicate biodiversity research and develop partnerships with businesses;
  • Act4nature, an initiative aimed at mobilizing businesses for biodiversity conservation by asking CEOs to commit to include biodiversity considerations in their development strategies and report on implementation;
  • Progress made by the IPBES Capacity Building Taskforce in supporting the development of national platforms and regional and national assessments;
  • Experiences from several organizations and countries in establishing national platforms and conducting regional and national assessments, including the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Europe and Central Asia Network, Cameroon, Brazil, and South Africa; and
  • An initiative from Mexico to engage Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on IPBES and the cultural adaptation of IPBES deliverables.
  • Transformative change emerged as a cross-cutting issue in several sessions during the day. During an information session on the process and methodology of the Global Assessment, several participants noted that the Global Assessment, like all previous IPBES assessments and similar reports from other organizations, underlines the need for immediate action to transform the relationship between humans and nature, asking how IPBES can support this transformation. In the discussion on the second work programme, participants supported transformative change as a priority for future IPBES work along with work on the interlinkages between climate change and biodiversity loss. In a panel discussion on enhancing stakeholder engagement during the second work programme, one speaker highlighted that the external review of IPBES has shown that transformative change can only be achieved if all four functions of IPBES are implemented, including assessments, policy support, capacity building, and communication and outreach. He suggested that transformative change should not be an assessment topic, but should be “in everything IPBES does.”Following these discussions, stakeholders coordinated their inputs and statements on the Global Assessment and other items on the agenda of IPBES-7, including the Platform’s second work programme and follow up to the external review. For extensive details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB).

    IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports from IPBES-7. In addition, IISD Reporting Services, will publish a summary and analysis report of IPBES-7 on Tuesday, 7 May 2019.

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    Information for New Participants
    Co-Facilitator Simone Maynard, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Ecosystem Management
    Co-Facilitator Xavier Sticker, France
    Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, UNESCO
    Maylis Desrousseaux, Society for Conservation Biology
    Joji Cariño, Forest Peoples Programme and Centres of Distinction on Indigenous and Local Knowledge (ILK)
    Adriana Flores, Ibero-American University
    Malte Timpte, Institute for Biodiversity – Network, Germany
    Participants listen to panelists
    IPBES Secretariat Engagement and Highlights of #IPBES7
    IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie and IPBES Chair Robert Watson, UK
    Participants listen to IPBES Chair Robert Watson
    Stakeholder Engagement and Communications
    L-R: Robert Spaull, Sarah Banda, and Flore Lafaye de Micheaux, IPBES Secretariat
    Stakeholders’ Activities in Support of IPBES: Examples from IPBES National Platforms
    The dais during the session
    Claire Tutenuit, Act4nature
    Ingunn Storrø, Head of the IPBES Technical Support Unit on Capacity-Building
    Claire Brown, UNEP-WCMC
    François Hiol Hiol, Cameroon’s National Platform for Science-Policy Interface on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
    Jean-François Silvain, President of the French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB)
    IPBES Global Assessment
    Moderator Hien Ngo, Head of the IPBES Technical Support Unit for the Global Assessment
    IPBES Global Assessment Co-Chair Eduardo Brondizio, Indiana University
    IPBES Global Assessment Co-Chairs Eduardo Brondizio, Indiana University; Josef Settele, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research; and Sandra Díaz, National University of Córdoba
    IPBES Second Work Programme
    IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie
    What’s Next for IPBES: Improving Engagement in the Second Work Programme
    L-R: Hilde Eggermont, Europe and Central Asia IPBES Network; Claire Tutenuit, Act4nature; IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie; Peter Bridgewater, IPBES Review Panel; Sunandan Tiwari, ICLEI; and Florence Daguitan, IIFBES and ILK Centres of Distinction
    Around the Venue
    Between sessions, participants used the Mentimeter app to respond to questions on their engagement with IPBES.
    Participants during the Co-Chairs and Experts Signing Voice for the Planet
    Participants during the lunch break
    IPBES volunteers at the info desk
    Participants share a laugh during a coffee break
    Stakeholder Day facilitators at the end of the session