14 August 2015
Dear IPBES Member States and Observers,
The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) invites governments and prospective experts with relevant knowledge and/or experience to review and further develop the initial scoping for (a) the thematic assessment of invasive alien species and their control (Deliverable 3bii) and (b) the thematic assessment of sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity and strengthening capacities and tools (Deliverable 3biii).
In accordance with Decision IPBES-3/1, part IV, which approved the initiation of scoping, primarily using virtual approaches, for a thematic assessment of invasive alien species and their control and a thematic assessment of sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity, for consideration by the Plenary at its fourth session, the Platform is facilitating an e-conference for the scoping of the two thematic assessments.
The objective of this online conference is to run an inclusive process allowing for a broad input into the development of the scoping documents engaging as many experts as possible. This step represents an innovation compared to the scoping processes performed in 2014, which consisted of a face-to-face scoping workshop with a limited number of experts. The e-conference will be conducted over three weeks. It will essentially be implemented as an internet forum/discussion board that will allow experts to post their contributions in structured discussion boards, reply to already posted contributions, or simply read the contributions, discussing various elements relevant to the scoping reports. At the end of each week a synthesis report will be prepared based on comments and discussions held during the week. The next week’s discussions will build on the discussions of the previous week and by the end of the third week the intention is to have a draft that would already resemble as much as possible the structure of the final scoping reports. These draft scoping reports will be the base for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel and Bureau to finalize the documents for consideration by the Plenary at its fourth session 22-28 February 2016. The e-conference will address, among other things, the following aspects: relevant policy questions, scope, rationale and utility of the assessments; an issue analysis of what substantive items would need to be covered; indicators, metrics and data sets; relevant aspects of indigenous and local knowledge systems; relevant stakeholders and initiatives and strategic partnerships; and capacity building needs.
The e-conference, organized by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), will take place in 3 sessions during 7th - 25th of September 2015. Co-Chairs from the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel will facilitate discussions in each session and experts will be invited to discuss and comment.
Experts, practitioners, decision makers and knowledge holders interested to participate in the e-conference are requested to fill the online registration form available here. Once the registered account has been approved the Secretariat will send a confirmation e-mail and further information on the e-conference and scoping process.
I look forward to your valuable assistance in disseminating this important call to the relevant networks, and to your continued support for the implementation of our ambitious work program in 2015.
Professor Zakri Abdul Hamid
Chair, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services