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THE NEWSLETTER OF THE IPBES SECRETARIAT - ISSUE #2 - AUGUST 2015


The Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), has been established to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services. The Platform's 124 member states are committed to building IPBES as the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the planet's biodiversity, its essential ecosystem services, and options to improve the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. IPBES provides policy-relevant but not policy-prescriptive information.
 
IPBES e-news provides information to all interested stakeholders on progress in the implementation of the first IPBES work programme. 

News in brief

Reminder to register for IPBES-4
Review of IPBES Pollination assessment and Scenarios and modelling assessment now closed
Experts for 5 new assessments and for the global assessment scoping report now online
First generation of IPBES young fellows announced
First author meetings of regional assessments currently taking place
New Technical Support Units established for the 4 regional assessments
Call for capacity building projects launched
Calls and upcoming deadlines

Reminder to register for IPBES-4

This is a reminder that invitation to the fourth session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-4) have been issued, together with a draft agenda. IPBES-4 will hosted by the Government of Malaysia, at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22-28 February 2016. IPBES-4 will, in particular, be invited to consider the two first assessment full reports of IPBES (pollination and scenarios) for adoption, and their respective summary for policymakers, for approval. Registration is now open, with a deadline of 15 September.

Review of IPBES Pollination assessment and Scenarios and modelling assessment now closed

IPBES thanks all governments and expert reviewers who provided comments on the second order drafts of the full report and first order drafts of the summary for policymakers (SPM) of the pollination assessment and the scenarios and modelling assessment. Comments were discussed by experts at the third author meetings of these two assessments which took place the week of 27 July in Rome, Italy  for the pollination assessment and in Beijing, China  for the scenario assessment.
IPBES thanks all governments and expert reviewers who provided comments on the second order drafts of the full report and first order drafts of the summary for policymakers (SPM) of the pollination assessment and the scenarios and modelling assessment. Comments were discussed by experts at the third author meetings of these two assessments which took place the week of 27 July in Rome, Italy  for the pollination assessment and in Beijing, China  for the scenario assessment.

Experts selected for 5 new assessments and for the global assessment scoping report

Over 473 experts have now been selected to perform the four regional assessments (Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and Central Asia) on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the land degradation and restoration assessment from 2015 to 2017. All information is now online.

First generation of IPBES young fellows announced

Congratulation to the first generation of IPBES young fellows. These 32 fellows, selected from a pool of 480 applications, are participating as contributing authors in the regional assessments (Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and Central Asia) and the assessment on land degradation and restoration assessment,, thus building capacity and creating a pool of young competent professionals able to carry forward the IPBES agenda. Information on the original call can be accessed here.

First author meetings of regional assessments currently taking place

First authors meetings of the regional assessments are currently taking place according to this schedule.

New Technical Support Units established for the 4 regional assessments

Technical Support Units have now been established in Bogota, Colombia (Humboldt Institute) for the Americas assessment; in Tokyo, Japan (IGES) for the Asia-Pacific assessment; in Pretoria, South Africa (CSIR) for the Africa assessment; and in Bern, Switzerland (University of Bern) for the Europe and Central Asia assessment.
Job opportunities to work in these TSUs are being posted on the IPBES website.

Call for capacity building projects launched

The IPBES Chair launched on 20 July a call for proposals requesting technical or financial support for planning or implementing capacity-building projects, in the context of the IPBES prototype Matchmaking Facility. Deadline for receiving projects is 5 September 2015. All information is here.

Calls and upcoming deadlines

Summary of all open calls, deadlines and job opportunities here.

Upcoming events and meetings

Date Meeting Place
3 – 7 August Regional Assessment 1st Author Meeting (2b) Africa Pretoria, South Africa
17 – 21 August Regional Assessment 1st Author Meeting (2b) Asia-Pacific Tokyo, Japan
31 Aug– 4 September Regional Assessment 1st Author Meeting (2b) Europe and Central Asia  Engelberg, Switzerland
7 – 13 September Indigenous and Local Knowledge systems(ILK) Task Force Meeting (1c) Paris, France
15 – 17 September Indigenous and Local Knowledge systems(ILK) Pilot for African Assessment (1c) Paris, France
20 – 24 September Land Degradation and Restoration 1st Author Meeting (3bi) Bonn, Germany
For more events, please visit our web site here
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