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Public Forum on the
Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Sponsored by the U.S. National Committee for DIVERSITAS
of the National Academy of Sciences

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Moderator: Peter Raven, Chairman, USNC DIVERSITAS

Welcome and Opening Remarks: Global Threats to Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Peter Raven  Chair, USNC DIVERSITAS
                         President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden

Global Assessments and Policy Making: IPBES, IPCC, and the MA
Thomas Lovejoy
, Biodiversity Chair, Heinz Center for Science

IPBES and the Science-Policy Interface
Charles Perrings, Professor of Environmental Economics, Arizona State University
  View PDF of presentation

IPBES Negotiations:  What has been agreed, Questions still to come
Douglas Beard
, Chief, USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
  View PDF of presentation

IPBES and the Science Community: Shaping and Carrying Out IPBES
Panel with Representatives of Scientific Societies, Academic Institutions and NGOs
           John Fitzgerald, Policy Director, Society for Conservation Biology
           Mary Beth West, Director, IUCN  Washington, DC Office
           Erick Mata, Director, Encyclopedia of Life

Discussion and Suggestions from Audience

 IPBES Background, and the purpose of this Public Forum

The Intergovernmental Science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is designed to be an interface between the global scientific community and policymakers that aims at building capacity for and strengthening the use of science in policymaking.  Approved by the UN General Assembly in early 2011, the framework and responsibilities of the IPBES are being negotiated at two plenary meetings in 2011 and early 2012, organized under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in cooperation with UNESCO, FAO and UNDP.  Like IPCC, it is being established with the intention of ensuring that the best available science is offered to Governments and decision makers.

This session was designed to inform and update the Washington science and policy communities on the rationale and plans for the IPBES, describe the progress at the first IPBES plenary session, and explore opportunities for scientists, scientific societies, and NGOs to contribute to both the shaping and the execution of IPBES, in order to maximize its value for both scientific understanding and policy formulation.  DIVERSITAS has been designated by ICSU to represent the science community in those sessions.  TheUS National Committee for DIVERSITAS, chaired by Peter Raven, has been funded by NSF to work with relevant scientific organizations to educate and engage the U.S. science community with regard to the IPBES.  This informational public forum, and the discussions with the audience, is the first step in the USNC’s process.

More information on IPBES is available here

Co-sponsored by:  DIVERSITAS
                                   Embassy of France
                                   NRC Board on Environmental Change and Society
                                   Society for Conservation Biology Ecological Society of America

The USNC DIVERSITAS gratefully acknowledges funding for this workshop from NSF grant EF-1148835.
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