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Fourth Session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental
Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4)

20-28 February 2016 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Sandra Myrna Díaz and Paul Leadley, MEP, and David Cooper, CBD, having informal consultations during morning plenary

IPBES-4 delegates met in plenary during the morning and early afternoon for an initial exchange of views on scoping reports for: a global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services; a methodological assessment on the diverse conceptualization of multiple values of nature and its benefits; a thematic assessment on invasive alien species (IAS); and a thematic assessment on the sustainable use of biodiversity. Delegates also took note of, and provided initial comments on, the following agenda items: tools for policy support; the 2016-2017 budget; nomination of bureau members; rules of procedure; procedures for review of the Platform; observers; and communications, stakeholder engagement and strategic partnerships. IPBES-4 Chair Zakri then established two contact groups that met in the afternoon and in the evening to continue discussions on these items. 

Contact Group I engaged in the negotiation of the SPM for the assessment on pollination, pollinators and food production. Contact Group II discussed the scoping report for a global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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Morning Plenary

The panel at morning plenary



Emmanuel Munyeneh, Liberia, reading the Earth Negotiations Bulletin

Geoff Hicks, New Zealand 


Almuth Ostermeyer-Schlöder, Germany

Doug Beard, US


Thomas Koetz, IPBES Secretariat


Paola Mosig, Mexico

Marcos Antonio Bednarski, Argentina


Tone Solhaug, Norway

François Bailet, United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UN/DOALOS)


El Khitma El Awad Mohammed, Sudan

Delegate from Japan


Mosimanegape Nthaka, Botswana

Raj Kumar, IUCN Asia


Abdul Munaf Qaimkhani, Pakistan

Jing Xu, China

Afternoon Plenary

The dais during the afternoon plenary


Ana Laura Mello, Uruguay

Gu Li, China


MEP members


Mehmed Cero, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and
Danitza Mariaca Vaca Guzman
, Bolivia

Anne Juepner, UNDP

Contact Group on Pollination Assessment

The panel during the contact group on pollination assessment


Chair Robert Watson


Ann Bartuska, US

Diana Mortimer, UK


View of the contact group on pollination assessment


Brian Nelson, Ireland

Clarissa Nina, Brazil

Contact Group on Global Assessment

The panel during the contact group on a global assessment


View of the contact group on a global assessment


Chair Ivar Baste

Sandra Myrna Díaz, MEP

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IPBES 4

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