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First Session of the Plenary Meeting on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

3-7 October 2011 | Nairobi, Kenya
 
Highlights for Tuesday, 4 October 2011
 
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The first session of the plenary meeting on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) reconvened today 4 October 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya. Delegates resumed discussions on the possible functions and structures of bodies that might be established under the platform.

The morning session focused on issues of membership, the tasks of the chair and vice-chairs of IPBES and criteria for their selection. Delegates could not reach consensus on the issue of membership to IPBES and a Friends of the Chair group was established to elaborate further on this matter.

On the functions of an IPBES plenary, many delegates emphasized the need to prioritize actions, with some suggesting that this should be based on government requests. Delegates also discussed the appointment of plenary officers, with some calling for clearly defined term limits, and the functions of key officers, which many noted required further elaboration on the work programme before the functions could be defined.

The afternoon’s discussion considered the creation of subsidiary bodies of the plenary, with the possible functions of the subsidiary bodies and options for structure and composition being the main deliberation points. Delegates also started initial discussions on the rules of procedure for the platform’s plenary.

Delegates, during their discussions, agreed on the need for a minimal structure in order to avoid bureaucracy and provide flexibility to allow the structure to evolve as necessary. Others emphasized the need for some type of regional structure to operationalise the platform at different levels and further called for ensuring scientific credibility.

 


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L-R: Dais during the morning plenary session with IPBES Chair Robert Watson; Neville Ash, UNEP; Fetoumata Keita, UNEP and Masa Nagai, UNEP.
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Leonel Sierralta Jara, Chile
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Antonio Ricarte, Brazil
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L-R: Christine Dawson, US and John Matuszak, US
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L-R: Guozhi Liu, China confers with Fu Changhua, China.
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Mohammad Koba, Indonesia consulting with Dian Triansyah Djani, Indonesia.
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L-R: Heather MacKay, RAMSAR Convention; Mohammad Koba, Indonesia; Marci Yeater, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Flora and Fauna
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Sherif Dawoud, Egypt
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Ricarda Steinbrecher, ECONEXUS
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Pat Roy Mooney, ETC Group
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Laurent Gaberell, Bolivia
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Daniel Nicer, the Philippines
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Javier Mendoza, Colombia
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L-R: Mohamed Mahasneh, Palestine consulting with Moustafa Fouda, Egypt and Sherif Dawoud, Egypt.
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L-R: Senka Barudanovich, Bosnia and Herzegovina, consulting with Neville Ash, UNEP.
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L-R:Daniel Nicer, the Philippines, discussing the Asia and the Pacific Group's nominee with Eiji Tanaka, Japan.
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Mark Flanigan, Australia
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Yeon-chul Yoo, Republic of Korea, elected as vice-Chair representing Asia and the Pacific Group for the first session of IPBES.
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L-R: Makiko Yashiro, UNEP, confers with Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP.
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