Science and Policy for People and Nature

Antalya, 3 December 2013

The second session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services will take place from 9 to 14 December 2013 in Antalya, Turkey, hosted by the Government of Turkey.

The Platform was created in Panama City, Panama, in April 2012, with the objective to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.

Biodiversity from terrestrial, marine, coastal and inland water ecosystems provides services that are critically important for sustainable development and current and future human well-being, in particular to help reduce poverty. In short, degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity loss jeopardize human development.

While many organizations and initiatives contribute to improving the dialogue between policy-makers and the scientific community on the critical importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services, governments agreed that this dialogue needs to be reinforced to effectively address the challenges of biodiversity loss and the degradation of ecosystem services.

The Platform aims to become the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet’s biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society and support decision makers in using this knowledge.

Building upon the outcomes of its first session, held in Bonn, Germany, earlier this year, the Plenary of the Platform is expected to take a number of important decisions at its forthcoming second session, including decisions on its structure, rules of procedure, future programme of work and its budget.

Delegates from 138 Member and Observer countries, observers from 89 stakeholder organizations, including science organizations, civil society, the business and industry sector, as well as representatives from indigenous peoples and local communities are expected to attend the meeting, which will be chaired by Professor Zakri Abdul Hamid from Malaysia, who was elected as the first the Chair of the Plenary.

The meeting will consider a work programme for the period 2014-18. The current proposal contains a set of objectives, deliverables, actions and milestones for advancing the four functions of the Platform (assessment, knowledge generation, policy support, and capacity-building) at relevant scales. A first set of proposed fast track assessments addressing topics such as pollination and food production, land degradation and restoration and invasive alien species, could become available as early as spring 2015.

The meeting will also discuss a conceptual framework for the Platform and consider how IPBES should engage with stakeholders, leverage the support and expertise of strategic partners, and communicate its work.

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Members of the media are invited to attend the opening ceremony of the meeting attended by:

  • Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Forestry and Water, Turkey
  • Ibrahim Thiaw: Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Professor Zakri Abdul Hamid, founding Chair of IPBES and Science Advisor to Malaysia's Prime Minister
  • Press conference attended by Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu and Ibrahim Thiaw: 10:30 am

Separate interviews with Prof. Zakri following the end of the morning meeting: 1 pm.

A press release will be produced following the end of the meeting.

For further information please contact:

Nick Nuttall
Spokesperson and Director, UNEP Division of Communication and Public
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Shereen Zorba
Head, UNEP Newsdesk
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Solene Le Doze-Turvill
IPBES Communication Officer
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