An IPBES regional dialogue with National Focal Points from Asia and the Pacific held on 20-21 July 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.
ECO-IEST: An IPBES regional dialogue with National Focal Points from Asia and the Pacific held on 20-21 July 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. The meeting offered Governments an opportunity to better understand and prepare for the policy-uptake of the IPBES regional & land degradation assessments, which are expected to be approved during the sixth session of the IPBES Plenary (#IPBES6) between 18 and 24 March next year, in Medellin, Colombia. The dialogue hosted by the Japanese Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and is organized jointly by the IPBES technical support unit (TSU) for capacity-building and the TSU for the Asia-Pacific Regional Assessment, with support from the Government of Japan.
From ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ECO-IEST) Dr Asghar Mohammadi Fazel, president of the Institute has participated in this event, he is also as alternative member of the Bureau from Asia-Pacific states on IPBES.
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is a new international platform for scientists and policy makers. It is to some extent modelled on the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) and will have a similar integrated science assessment function. ICSU and its programmes for biodiversity (DIVERSITAS) and the human dimensions of environmental change (IHDP) have been strong advocates for IPBES.
The work of IPBES can be broadly grouped into four complementary areas:
Assessments: On specific themes (e.g. "Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production”); methodological issues (e.g. Scenarios and Modelling); and at both the regional and global levels ("Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”).
Policy Support: Identifying policy-relevant tools and methodologies, facilitating their use, and catalyzing their further development.
Building Capacity & Knowledge: Identifying and meeting the priority capacity, knowledge and data needs of our member States, experts and stakeholders.
Communications & Outreach: Ensuring the widest reach and impact of our work.