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Have your say in IPBES

August 12th, 2009

DIVERSITAS, the international programme of biodiversity science, is working together with its parent organisation, ICSU, the International Council for Science, and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, to collect the views of the scientific community and other important stakeholders on a proposal for a new Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). IPBES is a mechanism proposed to strengthen the science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services, with broad similarities to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

IPBES has gathered considerable political support and the current timetable is that a decision on its establishment will take place by late 2010.

You are kindly invited to submit your views on IPBES by completing an online questionnaire, which can be found at IPBES consultation.

In addition, I would ask you to help circulate this link to any potentially interested scientists and institutions that you are aware of. The deadline for submissions is 13 September.

All submissions will be jointly analysed by ICSU, DIVERSITAS and IUCN at a meeting in late September, and provide input to a key UNEP meeting (5-9 October 2009, Nairobi, Kenya), which will discuss plans for IPBES, and its establishment.

This is an important opportunity to influence the future mechanisms that will structure the science and policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services.